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World history has been our another favourite subject in homeschooling. It is uncommon in Indonesia to love history lesson. If you knew how our public school history presented here, I would be very confident to say that you wouldn't like it ever. Before I talk about the differences between our Indonesian history and World history, let's see what is history for us right now. History means story for us. It is a long long story ever about things. It depends on what is the focus of the history. Is it a story about science, world, country, etc? Now we are going to focus more on the world history, my children favourite. Since history is a story, there are some consequence for learning history:
- A story has a plot within. Learning history should know the sequence of events in appropriate ways. Knowing the events should not be emphasized on the years and dates only, but the timing and culture comparison would be more important. When history gives a lot of stress into memorization, then it wouldn't be alive anymore especially for young kids. Knowing the estimation and comparison of time in timelines will be better and more interesting for kids. By learning the “plot”, kids will know the cause and effects of actions. Thus, they would be able to judge or give conclusion about events they experience or current events in the news based on the past time story.
- A story has characters. Exploring a biography of important or famous historical figure is a part of learning history. The story of an important historical figure will get kids more immersed into the story itself. Learning the biography of Abraham Lincoln will make us understand the history of The USA much better rather than learning the events in the history. Knowing the biography also will let us know the thought behind the events.
- A story has settings. Talking about setting cannot be separated by the time and place of the historical events or topics. It implies that learning history cannot be separated from learning the geographical features of the story itself. Most of the time, historical events are influenced by the geographical features at the time they happen. When we talk about the place, we cannot separate them from the people and the culture living in the area. Therefore, learning history also means integrating geographical and sociological aspects when the story or historical events happened.
- A story has message. Why do we need to learn stories of the deaths? I learnt history at school just because I had to without knowing the cause and result of doing so. I worked hard memorising places, time, and people to pursue the best score. Once the test finished, all things in my brain just went a away. Therefore, it is useless learning history by memorizing only without concluding the message behind it. This is one reason of learning history. By looking back through the years and ages, people should be able to get a life lesson learnt so that the good things will be adopted and the bad things will be avoided. History will be a great reference to making decision toward something in the future. Unfortunately, this feature of learning history is rarely exposed when I was at school.
- A story has points of view. Similar with a story, history might be confusing because of different sources that have different points of view. The way people look at certain historical event might also be different from how others think about it from different angle of spectacles. A debate or an argument about certain event will be very useful to enrich the insight of learners. When there is difference, we should not be confused as history is a story.
Considering history is a story, there are some version of presenting history. As I said in the earlier, my children love world history a lot. .
Unfortunately, it is quite confusing with the Indonesian history as we are lacking of interesting Indonesian history material which is communicative and in a form of story. So far we use textbook just to cover the materials. Here are the things we try to get the balance between Indonesian and world history.
- I have been trying very hard to make the text sounds narration as what we do in the world history, but it is quite hard as the text itself has bullets and numbers aimed to memorize.
- I try to get them diagramming and making posters, but we are still stuck with the memorization parts.
- Notebooking and Lapbooking have been done and the result is quite fine. However, it was not as good as the world history which is more alive.
- Reading comic and biography of Indonesian heroes is still on the waiting list.
- Watching Indonesian historical film should be able to do, but I am still worried about getting them watching the blood and violation inside.
- Visiting the museum is in our list I haven't tried as it is quite far away from our house. The way to the museum is quite crowded and terribly hot.
It is really a challange to get my children love our country history and the world history. However, I need to try hard as we belong to both the world and Indonesian civilization.
Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.