Character Education Theme
If you are asked to define the figure of a true leader, how would you express it? Gonzaga College Vision defines it as “a leader who has the advantage, competence, responsibility, openness, integrative power with a spirit of service and caring.”
To establish such a leader who took Gonzaga College that the basic theme of “Honesty, Commitment, and Simplicity” as a character-building program. With this theme, Staff Moderator tried to see a leader who was about to be formed. True leaders can figure briefly defined as “an honest leader, who is able to establish communication with other people and can be an example of the value of simplicity in the midst of rampant consumerist lust immersed in society.”


Honesty means no contradictions or discrepancies in thoughts, words, or actions. Being honest to oneself is real and for the purpose of producing a particular task confidence and inspire faith in others. Honesty means never to abuse what is given with confidence. However, the concept of honesty can be confusing and easily manipulated because it is more interior. Honest behavior measure a person’s moral qualities in which all behavior patterns and motivations depending on self-regulation of an individual.
Honesty is the human quality of communicating itself through human meaning and act correctly (truthfully). Therefore, honesty in fact closely related to the value of truth, including the ability to listen, as well as the ability to speak, as well as any behavior that can arise from human action. Simply put, honesty can be defined as an ability to express facts and personal beliefs as possible as it is. This attitude is manifested in behavior, both honest to others or to yourself (do not cheat yourself), and honest attitude towards personal motivation and inner reality in an individual.
The quality of a person’s honesty over the whole behavior, ie. behavior that manifested out, and the mental attitude that is inside. The authenticity of a person’s personality can be seen from the quality of honesty.
Although it depends on the process of self-determination, we can not claim that my opinion sematalah correct ourselves. If we have to believe that our opinions are those we think are best, it is necessary to keep listening to the opinions of others. Any personal belief that subjectivity bias remains blurred – it could have been us in understanding reality as it is. Honest attitude can thus be regarded as an attempt to always be in tune with the true values (to be truthful), an effort to live morally in common with others.
The quality of our openness to others will determine our level of honesty or dishonesty. But this openness is often dependent on our self-understanding of reality, including the understanding of moral values that we stand for. One’s moral beliefs can be wrong. But our self-perception of moral values are not static. He was dynamic in line with the amount of information and knowledge that we receive. When we refuse to accept other perspectives or viewpoints that are different from us, usually, this is a sign that we have less interest in truth. Such an attitude can be regarded as an attitude ignores the value of honesty (dishonesty).
Promote the value of honesty is not the same as fighting the ideology that are flexible and can be changed at any time. This is why, even though we know that honesty is very important for life, the value of honesty is difficult (to say can not) be the cultural norms of a society. Ideology is always looking for support to strengthen their ideas and support their own point of view while denying and ignoring the views of others. Ideological approaches assume that their ways are the only right way. This approach actually erode praxis honest behavior and increasing conflict for any human relations.
Honesty has a close connection with truth and morality. Being honest is one sign of a person’s moral qualities. By becoming a qualified person, we are able to build an ideal society that is more authentic and typical humane. For example, Socrates says, if a person truly understand that their behavior is wrong, they will not choose it. Someone that will be far from the truth and therefore dishonest if he does not realize that his behavior was in fact false. Self-awareness that every human being can be wrong and admit it is the first step growth value honesty in a person.
In the Christian perspective, the basic moral norms that can be drawn from the quote from the Bible is the word of Jesus, ” Love your neighbor as yourself. ” (Matthew 22:39 ). From this verse, we can understand that:
1 . Individual behavior will determine the quality of the community/society in which he lives;
2 . Individuals do not just do what is right and good, but right and good behavior can be tested on a reciprocal basis through the presence of others. Put simply dishonest behavior is an action to avoid lying, stealing, and deceiving me in any way.
True honesty is not just our willingness to accept yourself and others – as its presence for survival together, but it also means that we are honest about the possibilities and potential that we have as individuals. This is the creative dimension of the meaning of honesty. We do not just accept what we are, as a first step honesty, but also develop all the potential and possibilities that we have. This is always a keeper for us to face any challenges ahead.
Academic dishonesty behaviors (academic dishonest) is practically in the context of education, among others:
1 . Plagiarism (plagiarism): an act to adopt or reproduce ideas, or words, and statements of others without citing his sources.
2 . Plagiarism own work (self-plagiarism): deliver or collect the same task more than once for different subjects without permission or without tell the teacher concerned.
3 . Manipulation (fabrication): falsification of data, information or quotes in any academic tasks.
4 . Deception (deceiving): misinform, deceive the teachers related to academic tasks, for example, giving false reasons as to why he did not submit assignments on time, or claimed to have been handed the task but did not submit it.
5 . Cheating: a variety of ways to obtain or receive assistance in an academic exercise without the knowledge of the teacher.
6 . Sabotage: action to prevent and hinder other people so that they can not complete their academic tasks that must be done.
These actions include, tear/cut sheet pages in books in libraries, encyclopedias, etc., or deliberately damage other people’s work.
Behavior of academic dishonesty has been a lot going on in the sphere of education , ranging from the scope of the elementary school to college, with different levels of violations. At present, the scope of academic, academic dishonesty such behavior is seen as negative behaviors that are not commendable.


Commitment comes from the commitment (an agreement or a pledge to do something in the future – English). In other words, commitment is an agreement or promise or commitment to implement something in the future. “Commitment” is derived from the Latin word co – mittimus . That is, co meaning “together”, mittimus mean “we send”. Mittimus derived from the Latin verb mittere meaning “to send”. With missionary fervor that later became the basis for a commitment.
As a community of learners, Gonzaga College was established on the basis of the spirit to be sent together to run a joint paper in the world of education. Therefore, need an ability together, support each other, and evaluate the process along. The goal is an outcome that would be achieved optimally. As a team whose duties and responsibilities, the ability to be realized in the future for a particular purpose.
Education is a social intervention for the formation of the younger generation so that they grow up to be an independent person, mature and responsible. Within the framework of togetherness, commitment did not escape from the communication process. Without a commitment to communication between parties in the cooperation, there will be no proceeds are realized. Consequences of the process of education is the process of communication.
Gonzaga College as a student, a passion for honest and responsible need to be realized in the day-to-day activities. Commitment necessary to establish the character as a young man who will be the duty and responsibility of the future needs to be prepared early. This is the spirit which is needed as a leader and a responsible person. In short, our commitment is an ability shared.


Instilling the values of simplicity is a challenge for educators in the current lust gratification society that worships buy. Value simplicity associated with zealous attitude, a behavior to use something as necessary as it is, does not exceed what is supposed to be.
Moderation of course the opposite and not distinguished by a simple gesture. Attitude does not usually appear in simple activities that are redundant, for example, like to go prom nite in a hotel, parties who are not related and are not meaningful to the educational process, the use of a car to school without permission, showing off luxury goods (cars, mobile phones, and etc.), excessive consumption, to waste time in vain for pleasure, and others.
Instead, a simple gesture appeared in activities that are useful and beneficial to himself and others, for example, did not participate prom nite in a hotel or parties, using a car to school with permission, using items as needed and not to seek attention, consumer taste, use the time to seriously do things very meaningful and very happy self, and others. Therefore, within the framework of education, this simple gesture can be realized in the use of facilities and infrastructure to the maximum for the development of self, the spirit of hard work in learning and forge yourself.
Character education through three themes, namely honesty, commitment and simplicity, Gonzaga College wants to realize its vision and mission as a manifestation of their responsibilities in the context of the intellectual life of the nation and create a more humane society, authentic, sensitive and solider on others. Through these three values, Gonzaga College would like to realize its vision, which is “developing leaders who have excellence, competence, responsibility, openness, integrative power with a spirit of service and caring.”