Jonthon Coulson: Education in Indonesia

Jonthon Coulson: Education in Indonesia

Jonthon returned to Indonesia to explore the country’s educational spaces, which are increasingly affected by both foreign entrants and governmental decentralization. His particular focus was on the role education plays in the formation of identity wherein Jonthon examined how educational experiences lead religious and national identities to emerge, converge and diverge.

  • The (Dis)Harmonies of Islam

    The (Dis)Harmonies of Islam

    • Jonthon Coulson
    • January 25, 2017
    Like any other spiritual or human endeavor, Islam is a plurality resounding in harmonies and, at times, disharmonies. I began learning about this faith and its people as a college freshman in 2001. As a journalism student at the University of Missouri, I was asked to reflect critically on media packages that paired footage of ...
  • Change for the Sake of Change

    Change for the Sake of Change

    • Jonthon Coulson
    • November 16, 2016
    “Every reshuffle brings about better results.” Thus spoke Indonesia’s Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who may very well find himself being shuffled out of his position in three years’ time. For now, though, he has come up trumps, having just overseen the replacement of twelve (of thirty-six) ministers and the secretary of Indonesia’s Working Cabinet. If every ...
  • Reinvent the Wheel

    Reinvent the Wheel

    • Jonthon Coulson
    • November 15, 2016
    One of the highest-ranked schools in America today, Horace Mann in the Bronx, is named after one of the early advocates for “common schooling” — the notion that we should pool our money to fund institutions of education that all children attend. These days, the school carrying his namesake charges an annual tuition of $43,300, ...
  • Beginning Where I Began

    Beginning Where I Began

    • Jonthon Coulson
    • September 7, 2016
    In the 2008 edition of the Lonely Planet guidebook, the village of Majene falls near the fold of the map, but is not mentioned anywhere else in that edition. I made this observation in July of that same year, having just learned I would be spending my next nine months there. As I didn’t speak any ...