Posting ini dibuat usai berdiskusi hangat dengan Mr. A yang dipasang untuk mengajar English 3 di prodip IV bersama saya pas menjelang waktu Ashar (btw, I plan not to teach this semester, but for some reasons I swap my class of D3 Khusus with D-IV). Intinya saat itu tidak ada titik temu antara kami dalam pengajaran English 3, dan saya sudah dijembatani oleh Bidang bahwa silakan kami berdua jalan dengan plan kami masing-masing. How silly, masak tidak ada keseragaman kurikulum di antara kami, although the fact is I am the dosko for this subject!?!
What I learnt from our discussion is that still some lecturers think that they are the great helpers to their students, but I just see them as poisoning their learners. Here are my proofs:
1. Mengajar sesuatu yang bukan spesialisasi kita
Personally, I will not teach something beyond my knowledge and experience. I’m an Indonesian and a moslem: I speak Indonesian very fluently; in addition, I pray, read Qur’an, etc but I will not take MK Bhs Indonesia or Agama Islam because those are not my specialty. Similarly, although you were an overseas CPA, or a fluent Ph.D, don’t take a skill class like English if you are not really aware of linguistics aspects and pedagogy.
2. Memberi nilai secara pukul rata pada mahasiswa.
Here are their reasons: D-IV students will be future accountant, never ground them because of English, so let‘s give them all a B minus. I didn’t take that silly reason. In my view, the success of a student is from the way he treats all subjects he is taking. I always tell my class that they have the chance of getting an A to F in English 3 if they want to. In my life, I can always be responsible for any single mark I gave to my students, for I record very carefully their progress and achievement, and this proofs useful to help them gain better score (although once I grounded some students for cheating and plagiarism, but for God sake I am truly aware of that decision and I will take the responsibility even to GOD because I know what I am doing). To me, students have the right to gain the maximum mark of A in all subjects, as long as they work hard for it. I will never violates the students’ assessment, it’s their right to be evaluated fairly.
3. Mengira hanya pelajaran Akuntansi saja yang paling penting buat mahasiswa DIV.
They didn’t say that explicitly, but I know the point is exactly like that. Listen all teachers, being an accountant is not everything. Being just and fair is the thing. Never underestimate other subjects, because we are all one body: your head will not work if your heart stops beating. In this era, you are not a competitive accountant if you don’t master ICT, English, etc, and more importantly akuntan di Indonesia sudah banyak, yang ber-IPK tinggi juga banyak, tapi yang dicari pasti yang punya nilai lebih yaitu MORAL. Buat apa IPK 4 tapi akhlaq nol, hanya menambah panjang daftar calon penipu and koruptor di Indoensia. If we, lecturer, demoralize our learners to be serious in all subjects they take, we just teach them to cheat. Some students named me Ms. Evil because I necessiate them to be discipline and never tolerate any indiscipline things, but I don’t mind that calling. Deep inside, I did that because I love my students and love is all I take in every class I teach and to every students I face. That is the essence of learning to me, and I just hope that someday they realize that what they thought as burden during my class is actually my great help to them for their own good. So note this: Accountancy can be number one in this campus, but it’s NOT the only one in academic life, got that mate?
4. Menganggap semua mahasiswa D-IV bisa belajar sendiri, jadi santai dan have fun saja in class.
I am in full agreement that learning should enjoyable and fun for students, but it doesn’t mean that we can take the class so easy. Bagaimana kita hanya bisa memberi mereka text bacaan dan membiarkan mereka membaca dan membahas sendiri, kemudian mempresentasikannya di kelas tanpa kita ajari bagaimana cara memahami wacana dan cara berpresentasi dalam formal meeting? Itu seperti mengajari siswa berenang dengan cara menceburkan mereka ke kolam renang dan berharap mereka bisa mengambang dan sampai ke tepi kolam dengan sendirinya. For some skilled students, it will work; but for those inexperienced ones, they will be drowned to the bottom of the pool. Ini juga pesan buat mahasiswa, change your mindset: don’t fool yourself with your idea ‘kuliah santai gapapa yang penting nilai A’ but the fact is you get nothing. Mau jadi apa kualitas pendidikan kita sekarang kalau dosen dan mahasiswanya sama saja error-nya?
Sebenarnya masih ada beberapa hal lagi, tapi tidak perlu saya tulis di sini. Paling tidak yang sudah saya tulis di atas sudah saya sampaikan ke rekan-rekan saya, dan lega juga sudah menuliskannya. Mau komentar?