Scouting and young coconuts

In SMA Negeri 8 Malang, Class 10 is required to join the Indonesian Scout program Pramuka. The purpose of the Scout program is to create young people that are useful in every way. This idea is represented by the symbol of the young coconut sprout, since each part of the ubiquitous Indonesian coconut tree can…

Mourning death with the porch light on

In the two months since I began teaching in Pangkal Pinang, it has become clear that classroom time is not always a priority for Indonesian teachers. My colleagues often urge me to attend meetings, greet visitors, meet city officials, grant interviews. The list goes on and on. Most anything is prioritized over teaching. Recently, I…