CATATAN BERSAMA MAHASISWA

Pada saat saya berdiri di kelas di antara otak-otak Indonesia masa depan ini, atau berdebat tentang hasil riset mereka di laboratorium saya, atau mengobrol santai bersama mereka sambil makan siang, saya tidak pernah merasa ‘mengajar’ mereka. Mereka adalah partner saya dalam belajar. Posting saya dalam Catatan bersama Mahasiswa adalah rekaman berbagai cerita dari ruang kelas, laboratorium, koridor, dan berbagai sudut kampus, di mana saya dipanggil ‘Ibu’ oleh ratusan mahasiswa Teknik Kimia UGM.

Filosofi saya dalam berinteraksi dengan para mahasiswa saya, sedikit-banyak dipengaruhi oleh pandangan Rabindranath Tagore tentang pendidikan. Salah satunya adalah ini.

Rabindranath Tagore, Personality,1917: 116-17:

We have come to this world to accept it, not merely to know it.  We may become powerful by knowledge, but we attain fullness by sympathy.  The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.  But we find that this education of sympathy is not only systematically ignored in schools, but it is severely repressed.  From our very childhood habits are formed and knowledge is imparted in such a manner that our life is weaned away from nature and our mind and the world are set in opposition from the beginning of our days. Thus the greatest of educations for which we came prepared is neglected, and we are made to lose our world to find a bagful of information instead.  We rob the child of his earth to teach him geography, of language to teach him grammar.  His hunger is for the Epic, but he is supplied with chronicles of facts and dates…Child-nature protests against such calamity with all its power of suffering, subdued at last into silence by punishment.

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