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You might be thrilled, confused, and ignorant reading the title of this article. There are four wide points linked up together for the sake of our children and the next generation
- Character Education
- Children Socialization
This is an opening for our seri about Culture, Tradition, and Character Education For Children Socialization. This article would like to see the relationship among those 4 items.
To start the discussion, let me give some limit and basic understanding of those keywords in the title based on Dictionary.com
[truh-dish-uhn] Show IPA
- the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs,information, etc., from generation to generation, especially byword of mouth or by practice: a story that has come down to us by popular tradition.
- something that is handed down: the traditions of the Eskimos.
- a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting: Therebellious students wanted to break with tradition.
- a continuing pattern of culture beliefs or practices.
- a customary or characteristic method or manner: The winnertook a victory lap in the usual track tradition.
[kuhl-cher] Show IPAnoun
- the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern forwhat is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners,scholarly pursuits, etc.
- that which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc.
- a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a certainnation or period: Greek culture.
- development or improvement of the mind by education ortraining.
- the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social,ethnic, or age group: the youth culture; the drug culture.
[kar-ik-ter] Show IPA
- the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.
- one such feature or trait; characteristic.
- moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.
- qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.
- reputation: a stain on one’s character.
Both definition of culture and tradition are something being handed down or inherit. Culture and tradition are similar in a sight, but I can say that culture has wider scope than tradition. Culture will refer to the real society while tradition will refer to individual or personal inheritance in terms of family. I would like to say that the culture where someone live and come from will give influence to the tradition that the family maintain and keep.
Character education will refer to individual or personal qualification. If you haven’t visited our character education posting, please visit it here. The way people put the tradition and culture into life will give certain unique characters to someone’s personality. For example, our Javanese culture will make most Javanese people shy in some ways. The big scope of family living together in a place will form the family members more tolerance each other.
One of the most popular issue of homeschooling is the S word, which is SOCIALIZATION. Before I go further, I would like to remind everyone that I have written about the socialization issue here:
Homeschooling and Socialization Based on The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling (a book written by Rachel Gathercole), ch. 1-3
Human being is basically a social creation. The reason that we cannot live without other people as we depend on them is just a simple argument for that. Human being lives in a society normally. In order to be accepted in our society, we need to respect other people and as well as following the norm and tradition in it. Sometimes, even we don’t agree with the points, we still have to follow the current of cultural value and tradition. Of course we need to be able to filter them. Therefore, please don’t say that someone has good socialization if he or she doesn’t understand at all about the culture, tradition, and proper characteristics.
Living in Indonesia which is a part of Asian culture, we cannot leave the thick culture and norms of our heritage and society fully. This point is often left out in the public school. There isn’t any special school or education that teach about this. Sometimes people just celebrate or take part in the festivals without any personal awareness of why they need to do this. Even parents forget to explain those things for children. Anyway, teaching and telling about the culture, tradition, and character education should be a part of parenting aspect in the family as the core society. To know more about who we are talking about this issue, please refer to about us page.
Talking about culture, tradition, and character education will never end topic as they have been growing altogether at the same time with the history of human being. We are not having a lecture about that. Therefore, we would like to make this a seri of Culture, Tradition, and Character Education For Children Socialization. This is not a tips series. We are just going to share how we integrate our real life culture and tradition into our children’s character education. We are really aware that everyone has his or her own cultural and traditional norms and values.
This seri will try to cover how we involve children education in terms of culture, tradition, and characters to have a much better socialization skills, start from the cultural value in:
- Death and the elder
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How do you see the relationship among culture, tradition, character education, and socialization?