Essay Contest_Creating Youth with 3 “H”

Note: I sent the following article to participate in an International Essay Contest for Young People organized by Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO.
“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth”, that’s a quote by Diogenes Laertius, a Greek philosopher.  What kind of education we want to? Is our current education system could create a competitive generation?. At present and future, is it sufficient with information only? Only mastering technology?.

In fact, there are many terrible problems occur at any time whether in politics, economic, social, or culture in this world nowadays. Irresponsible leaders, greedy capitalists, careless youths, irresponsible parent, and uneducated children are part of the problems currently challenging the world. Wars never stop, death news reported every day, endless forest deforestation, divorces numbers are increasing day by day, uneducated kids are growing up, flooding moves from one place to the others, and corrupted governments are part of the consequences. 

To overcome those risky problems and phenomenon, we need absolutely new soft-revolution.  In this case, as a teacher, I am in the same line with Masahisa Goi who dedicated his life for education. I have idea to create qualified current and the next generation with 3 “H”; Head, Hand, and Heart.

At present, mastering knowledge and science are totally required. To study till the higher university education is a mandatory for the government to be fulfilled for the society. The youth should study math, physic, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and any other such classes. If they have formal education, that means they have hold already basic requirement to compete with others.  Those areas of study are to fill up the “head” of young generation. That’s the first “H”.

Second, the young generations need to be completed by skill or hand. They have to master computer skills, foreign languages, and other soft skills in order to compete in this global era. The technology stuffs are produced day by day, news and information are being spread every single minutes.  Meladee McCarty said, a troop would win the war if they are equipped with information and technology. That’s why, youth should master skills if they want to win the competition.

In term of mastering English skill for example, even I’m from a social-economic disadvantage family; I’ve proved in my own life with a number of satisfied achievements. When I was an undergraduate student at my university, there were 3 times I delegated my university to compete in Scientific English Debate for the national level. In addition, in the last year of my study at the university, I achieved a competitive scholarship from US Department of State to study at Ohio University, USA for 8 weeks. Furthermore, on April 2012, I was selected by Australia Indonesia-Institute to participate in a prestigious youth Muslim Leaders exchange program to visit Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney.

The last “H” is heart. It’s least but it’s most important one. The youth should be accomplished their heart with value. When the teachers teach the students in math, chemistry, or physic class, they should teach them the value of each class as well. For instance, why do we need nuclear? Is it for medical or war reason?. In addition, when a religious teacher teaches religion, s/he should let the students to realize why we have to be patient in traffic lights. Furthermore, when a biology teacher teaches about flora, the teacher should drive inner awareness of the students why they have to keep the environment and do not make any useless deforestation. In short, it’s not about “what”, but “why” the students should do this, and avoid doing that. The next step is pushing those values into actions to practice in daily life of entire aspects.   In this case, Herbert Spencer said, “the great aim of education is not knowledge but action”.

Combining 3 “H” in education systems would fortunate us to create the students perfectly not only in intelligence but also emotional and spiritual quotient as well.  If math is to fill one’s head, computer is to fill one’s skill, and value is to fill one’s heart. In other words of a garden, hearth is the land, head is the flower, and hand is the fence. They are relaying and relating each other.

When youth equipped with those 3 “H”, they would be the leaders who are loyal to their society, they would be the entrepreneurs who care to the social responsibilities, or they would be the fathers or mothers who are dividing their times between works and family as well as social time equally. At this point, we are living in a world where peace, justice, respect, and honor are belonging to everyone.