Indonesia to Drop Science and English in Primary Schools
"The desire to make classrooms enjoyable for children can work against education if the fact that learning requires work is ignored. Cognitive development is a process, and like other processes, requires both time and energy. Learning is rewarding and with children, the effort alone is integral to developing the brain. Without challenges, the brain will not master thinking processes. Making classrooms enjoyable means equipping the schools with the necessary materials and inputs for education, supporting adequately the teachers. It means creating an environment that is physically conducive to learning. It does not mean lowering the standards and expectations."
Recently, the Indonesian government has announced plans to reform its basic education:
Jakarta Globe | October 12, 2012
The above sounds similar to a statement made by Philippines' DepEd Secretary Luistro:
This is a disturbing trend in basic education in the South East Asian countries....
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