PENDIDIKAN KARAKTER DI SEKOLAH MENENGAH PERTAMA (SMP): TEORI, METODOLOGI DAN IMPLEMENTASI
Character is the values of human behavior related to God Almighty, self, fellow human beings, the environment, and nationality which are manifested in thoughts, attitudes, feelings, words, and actions based on religious norms, law, manners, culture , and customs. In an effort to improve the suitability and quality of character education, the Ministry of National Education developed the grand design of character education for each pathway, level, and type of education unit. Grand design becomes a conceptual reference and operational development, implementation, and assessment at every level and level of education. Character configurations in the context of the totality of psychological and socio-cultural processes are grouped in: Spiritual and emotional development, intellectual development, physical and kinesthetic development, and physical and kinetic development, and physical and emotional development. Creativity development). The development and implementation of character education needs to be done by referring to the grand design. Character education can be integrated in learning in each subject. Learning material related to norms or values in each subject needs to be developed, made explicit, and related to the context of everyday life. Thus, learning character values is not only at the cognitive level, but touches on internalization, and real practice in the lives of everyday students in society.