EULC and Reading Materials: Some Notes
University of Indonesia
This paper discusses reading materials and mandatory books in accordance withEducation Unit Level Curriculum (EULC). There are three issues that need to beunderlined. First, EULC gives schools an opportunity to design their own curricula.EULC must be supported by textbooks such as literary anthologies. Third, the standard of competence and basic competence stipulated by the National Board of EducationStandard should not be used as the only reference in designing curriculum since it is notwithout weaknesses.
curriculum, reading materials, textbooks, local content./1/The problems of education, in particular a curriculum, have been an endlessdebate for years which still reveals the fact that Indonesian people feel unhappy with theresults of education in Indonesia. In addition, the society expects qualified graduates,meaning that they must have wide and in-depth knowledge and this is what Mochtar Lubis recorded in 1989.The above expectation of the society has not been fulfilled yet up to the presenttime. For that reason, the society has kept on discussing education and the governmenthas always tried to continuously improve the educational curricula through various policies although the society never stops reacting and commenting on the policies. Assoon as the policy and change related to that matter take place, the people express their relevant opinions on their own way. For example, when CBC (Competence-basedCurriculum) was introduced to schools, various comments on the policy from those whoagreed and opposed appeared. “Changing a minister means changing a regulation” is acommon expression we hear from the society. From the scholars, there was a criticalopinion regarding the problem. Drost, a priest and a public figure in education, stated thatCBC did not exist, but a competence-oriented curriculum did. He seems to prefer using‘
’ to the word ‘
’ with his argument that, “ a curriculum as a tool in alearning process does not have a base, foundation.” He further argues that the definitionof CBC is certainly confusing and even questions the word
itself: Is it for whom, for teachers or students? Regardless the appropriate use of the word or terminology, CBC has existed. The society has associated this expression with a jokeregarding the abbreviation of C (competence) is changed with C (confusion) and CBCstands for Confusion-based Curriculum. This shows and even sthrengthens the existenceof CBC itself. However, CBC has disappeared or at least the society has forgotten ittemporarily, because at present there is a new curriculum, called EULC (Education Unit