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saco-indonesia.com, Polresta Cimahi telah menembak mati pelaku pencurian dengan kekerasan, Senin (27/1) kemarin malam sekitar pukul 23.15 WIB. Pelaku telah diketahui bernama Purwana Sumirat. Dalam menjalankan aksinya, pelaku juga kerap membawa senpi mainan dan sangkur untuk dapat menakuti korbannya.

Bahkan saat hendak dibekuk oleh jajaran Reskrim, di bilangan Margaasih, Kabupaten Bandung tersebut, Purwana juga sempat melawan dengan menggunakan senpi dan sangkurnya.

"Saat dilakukan penangkapan tersangka telah melawan menggunakan sangkur dan Senpi (replika) akhirnya ketika ditangkap pelaku ditembak mati karena melawan," kata Kapolresta Cimahi AKBP Erwin Kurniawan, Senin (28/1).

Menurut dia, Purwana dalam beberapa kali aksinya kerap menyasar pengguna sepeda motor dengan cara memepet dan menodongkan sangkur kepada korban. "Beberapa kali aksinya pelaku memepet dan menodongkan sangkurnya kepada korban," jelasnya.

Atas dasar laporan beberapa korban brutal Purwana inilah, polisi juga telah melakukan penyelidikan lanjut hingga akhirnya petualangan pria 21 tahun tersebut terhenti karena timah panas menerjang tubuhnya. Kini jenazah pelaku sudah dibawa ke Rumah Sakit Hasan Sadikin (RSHS) Bandung.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

PENCURI AKHIRNYA DITEMBAK POLISI

Polsek Lape Tengah menyelidiki kasus perusakan tempat tinggal SY yang terletak di Dusun Lape Atas, Kecamatan Lape, Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat. Rumah SY yang telah dirusak oleh warga karena dicurigai jika dirinya adalah seorang dukun santet.

"Kecurigaan kalau SY itu dukun santet tidak terbukti. Akan tetapi massa sudah terlanjur merusak rumah dengan cara melempari menggunakan batu," kata Kapolsek Lape AKP Satrio , Selasa (18/3).

Saat perusakan itu terjadi pada Selasa (11/3) malam lalu, ujar pria yang akrab dipanggil dengan Yoyo, SY bersama istri dan lima orang anaknya juga sempat diamankan, karena dikhawatirkan akan berisiko terhadap keselamatan jiwanya.

Kemudian ditindaklanjuti dengan pertemuan antara SY dan warga, yang difasilitasi Kepala Desa Lape Johar Arifin. Dalam pertemuan itu telah terungkap kalau SY tidak pernah mengikuti kegiatan warga termasuk gotong-royong, sehingga memunculkan rasa antipati terhadapnya.

Namun persoalan gotong-royong, kata Yoyo, bukan menjadi ranahnya. Pihaknya juga akan menangani kasus yang berkaitan dengan tindak pidana.

"Kami juga sudah menerima laporan SY terkait dalam aksi perusakan dan telah ditindaklanjuti dengan mendatangi lokasi untuk melakukan olah TKP," ujarnya, seraya mengatakan surat panggilan telah dilayangkan kepada sejumlah saksi untuk dapat dimintai keterangannya pada Selasa (18/3) mendatang.

Disinggung keberadaan SY beserta keluarganya pasca perusakan itu, Kapolsek Lape telah menyatakan, untuk sementara ini menumpang di rumah salah seorang warga.

Sebelumnya, tempat tinggal SY dihujani batu oleh masyarakat pada Selasa malam. Aksi massa ini karena dipicu adanya isu kalau SY memiliki ilmu santet.

Untuk dapat menetralisir situasi Kades Lape beserta aparat kepolisian dan TNI terjun ke lapangan, sekaligus mengamankan terduga beserta keluarganya. Pertemuan pun digelar dengan menghadirkan SY.

Dalam pertemuan yang telah dihadiri sejumlah unsur itu, massa tetap meminta agar SY hengkang dari kampung tersebut.

Di lain pihak, SY telah membantah menganut ilmu hitam sebagaimana tuduhan warga. "Saya tidak menganut ilmu hitam dan saya berani bersumpah atas apapun, meski harus sumpah pocong sekalipun. Tudingan ini adalah fitnah," ujarnya.

SY juga mengaku tudingan ini telah dilaporkan kepada ketua RT dan kepala dusun (Kadus) serta ke Kapolsek Lape, Selasa sore. Namun malam harinya, sekitar pukul 21.00 Wita, rumahnya telah dihujani batu.

SY juga mengaku terpaksa angkat kaki dari dusun ini dan telah mengemasi seluruh barangnya, sebab rumah yang ditempatinya sudah hancur dilempari massa.

Gara-gara tak mau gotong royong, SY diisukan dukun santet

Pengertian jual Buku Teks

Pengertian jual buku teks pelajaran adalah ”buku acuan wajib” yang digunakan di sekolah, memuat materi pembelajaran yang diharapkan mampu meningkatkan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis. Persoalannya sekarang, kita “dapat menggunakan” di dalam Permen mengindikasikan bahwa Depdiknas tidak tegas dalam ‘memerintahkan’ para guru untuk menyiapkan bahan ajar mereka sendiri, atau setidaknya, memperkaya buku teks yang mereka pakai di kelas dengan buku-buku atau sumber-sumber yang lain.

Oleh karena itu, jika belum mampu mengembangkan bahan ajar sendiri, atau kebijakan sekolah kebetulan mengharuskan guru untuk memberlakukan satu buku teks bagi siswa-siswanya, maka disarankan berikut ini beberapa hal yang patut dipertimbangkan guru atau sekolah terkait bagaimana memilih buku teks, yaitu: (1) harga buku, (2) ketersediaan buku di pasaran, (3) desain dan tata wajah buku, (4) metodologi pembelajaran yang dipakai, (5) keterampilan bahasa, (6) urut-urutan silabus, (7) topik-topik yang dipilih, (8) buku mengandung atau tidak unsur diskriminasi terkait SARA atau jender, dan (9) ketersediaan dan kualitas buku panduan guru (teacher’s guide).

Ada yang mengatakan bahwa “buku teks adalah rekaman pikiran rasial yang disusun buat maksud-maksud dan tujuan-tujuan intruksional” (Hall-Quest, 1915).Ahli yang lain menjelaskan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku standar/buku setiap cabang khusus studi” dan dapat terdiri dari dua tipe yaitu buku pokok/utama dan suplemen/tambahan (Lange, 1940).

Lebih terperinci lagi, ada ahli yang mengemukakan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku yang dirancang buat pengguanaan di kelas, dengan cermat disusun dan disiapkan oleh para pakar atau ahli dalam bidang itu dan diperlengkapi dengan sarana-sarana pengajaran yang sesuai dan serasi” (Bacon, 1935). Dan ahli yang lain lagi mengutarakan bahwa “buku teks adalah sarana belajar yang biasa digunakan di sekolah-sekolah dan diperguruan tinggi untuk menunjang suatu program pengajaran dalam pengertian modern dan yang umum dipahami (Buckingham, 1958 : 1523)”. Dari Telaah Buku Teks, Tarigan & Tarigan, 1986.

Buku teks atau buku pelajaran berisi informasi tentang ilmu pengetahuan atau pelajaran tertentu, mulai dari SD hingga perguruan tinggi. Buku teks ini termasuk dalam golongan nonfiksi. Buku teks sering dipergunakan oleh para ilmuwan untuk meyebarkan hasil penelitian atau penemuan mereka. Buku teks pelajaran merupakan buku yang dipakai untuk memelajari atau mendalami suatu subjek pengetahuan dan ilmu serta teknologi atau suatu bidang studi, sehingga mengandung penyajian asas-asas tentang subjek tersebut, termasuk karya kepanditaan (scholarly, literary) terkait subjek yang bersangkutan.

Jumat, 27 Maret 2009

Definisi Buku Pelajaran

Buku dalam arti luas mencakup semua tulisan dan gambar yang ditulis dan dilukiskan atas segala macam lembaran papyrus, lontar, perkamen dan kertas dengan segala bentuknya: berupa gulungan, di lubangi dan diikat dengan atau dijilid muka belakangnya dengan kulit, kain, karton dan kayu. (Ensiklopedi Indonesia (1980, hlm. 538))

H.G. Andriese dkk menyebutkan buku merupakan “informasi tercetak di atas kertas yang dijilid menjadi satu kesatuan”.

Unesco pada tahun 1964, dalam H.G. Andriese dkk. Memberikan pengertian buku sebagai “Publikasi tercetak, bukan berkala, yang sedikitnya sebanyak 48 halaman”.

Sesuai dengan empat definisi buku di atas, maka buku diartikan sebagai kumpulan kertas tercetak dan terjilid berisi informasi dengan jumlah halaman paling sedikit 48 halaman yang dapat dijadikan salah satu sumber dalam proses belajar dan membelajarkan.

Definisi buku pelajaran atau buku teks pelajaran menurut Peraturan Menteri Pendidikan Nasional No. 11 Tahun 2005 : ”Buku pelajaran adalah buku acuan wajib untuk digunakan di sekolah yang memuat materi pembelajaran dalam rangka peningkatan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis, potensi fisik dan kesehatan yang disusun berdasarkan standar nasional pendidikan”.

Menurut Hartiadi Budi Santoso dari Deloitte Tax Solutions, buku pelajaran umum adalah buku-buku pelajaran pokok dan penunjang yang digunakan oleh TK, SD, SMP, SMU, universitas yang mendukung kurikulum sekolah yang bersangkutan.

Pengertian Buku Teks

Pengertian buku teks pelajaran adalah ”buku acuan wajib” yang digunakan di sekolah, memuat materi pembelajaran yang diharapkan mampu meningkatkan keimanan dan ketakwaan, budi pekerti dan kepribadian, kemampuan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, kepekaan dan kemampuan estetis, potensi fisik dan k Persoalannya sekarang, kata “dapat menggunakan” di dalam Permen mengindikasikan bahwa Depdiknas tidak tegas dalam ‘memerintahkan’ para guru untuk menyiapkan bahan ajar mereka sendiri, atau setidaknya, memperkaya buku teks yang mereka pakai di kelas dengan buku-buku atau sumber-sumber yang lain.

Oleh karena itu, jika belum mampu mengembangkan bahan ajar sendiri, atau kebijakan sekolah kebetulan mengharuskan guru untuk memberlakukan satu buku teks bagi siswa-siswanya, maka disarankan berikut ini beberapa hal yang patut dipertimbangkan guru atau sekolah terkait bagaimana memilih buku teks, yaitu: (1) harga buku, (2) ketersediaan buku di pasaran, (3) desain dan tata wajah buku, (4) metodologi pembelajaran yang dipakai, (5) keterampilan bahasa, (6) urut-urutan silabus, (7) topik-topik yang dipilih, (8) buku mengandung atau tidak unsur diskriminasi terkait SARA atau jender, dan (9) ketersediaan dan kualitas buku panduan guru (teacher’s guide).

Ada yang mengatakan bahwa “buku teks adalah rekaman pikiran rasial yang disusun buat maksud-maksud dan tujuan-tujuan intruksional” (Hall-Quest, 1915).

Ahli yang lain menjelaskan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku standar/buku setiap cabang khusus studi” dan dapat terdiri dari dua tipe yaitu buku pokok/utama dan suplemen/tambahan (Lange, 1940).

Lebih terperinci lagi, ada ahli yang mengemukakan bahwa “buku teks adalah buku yang dirancang buat pengguanaan di kelas, dengan cermat disusun dan disiapkan oleh para pakar atau ahli dalam bidang itu dan diperlengkapi dengan sarana-sarana pengajaran yang sesuai dan serasi” (Bacon, 1935)

Dan ahli yang lain lagi mengutarakan bahwa “buku teks adalah sarana belajar yang biasa digunakan di sekolah-sekolah dan diperguruan tinggi untuk menunjang suatu program pengajaran dalam pengertian modern dan yang umum dipahami (Buckingham, 1958 : 1523)”. Dari Telaah Buku Teks, Tarigan & Tarigan, 1986.

Buku teks atau buku pelajaran berisi informasi tentang ilmu pengetahuan atau pelajaran tertentu, mulai dari SD hingga perguruan tinggi. Buku teks ini termasuk dalam golongan nonfiksi. Buku teks sering dipergunakan oleh para ilmuwan untuk meyebarkan hasil penelitian atau penemuan mereka.

Buku teks pelajaran merupakan buku yang dipakai untuk memelajari atau mendalami suatu subjek pengetahuan dan ilmu serta teknologi atau suatu bidang studi, sehingga mengandung penyajian asas-asas tentang subjek tersebut, termasuk karya kepanditaan (scholarly, literary) terkait subjek yang bersangkutan.

Buku teks pelajaran adalah buku yang berisi kumpulan lembaran-lembaran kertas yang berisi tulisan sehingga dapat digunakan sebagai acuman pembelajaran materi di sekolah.

http://cahaya-fajeri.blogspot.com/2010/03/buku-teks.html

Rekonstruksi Buku Teks Sekolah

Oleh:

M Jamaludin (Pengamat perbukuan dan Direktur Yayasan Buku Cerdas, Jakarta).

Buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan media pembelajaran yang dominan bahkan sentral dalam sebuah sistem pendidikan. Ia adalah kendaraan utama transfusi materi kurikulum ke hadapan siswa. Karena perannya yang demikian sentral itu maka kemajuan dan kemunduran pendidikan suatu bangsa dapat dilacak dari tinggi-rendahnya mutu buku teks yang dibaca oleh anak didik.

Sebuah studi yang dilakukan oleh Kathy Chekley (1997), misalnya, menemukan bahwa ketertinggalan siswa Amerika dari siswa Jepang dalam penguasaan matematika dan sains berawal dari buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika yang cenderung a mile wide and an inch deep. Buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika dipenuhi oleh halaman-halaman tanpa makna (meaningless) dan terlalu detail terhadap konsep-konsep kecil, sementara buku-buku teks Jepang menganut prinsip less is more (sedikit itu banyak). Untuk pelajaran fisika-biologi kelas 6, misalnya, buku teks Jepang hanya memuat 6 topik sedangkan Amerika 65 topik. Dihadapkan dengan kenyataan ini Amerika-melalui Project 2061 yang diluncurkan tahun 2001-memberi perhatian besar terhadap penulisan buku-buku teks yang berorientasi pada kedalaman substansi dan proses.

Bagaimana dengan buku-buku teks sekolah di Indonesia? Keadaannya lebih parah. Di samping tingkat kepadatan materi yang tinggi, buku teks sekolah Indonesia menyimpan cacat isi (content) yang mendasar. Sebuah riset yang dilakukan oleh Sri Redjeki (1997), misalnya, menunjukkan bahwa buku-buku pelajaran yang dikonsumsi pelajar Indonesia tertinggal 50 tahun dari perkembangan terbaru sains modern. Hal yang sama terjadi juga pada pelajaran lain termasuk pelajaran agama. Buku pelajaran agama bahkan lebih menyerupai buku teks subjek matematika atau fisika yang sarat dengan rumus dan lebih mementingkan peran akal ketimbang rumusan moralitas dalam proses dan praktik.

Ini terlihat secara kasatmata karena pelajaran agama dinilai dengan satuan angka. Untuk memperoleh nilai bagus dalam pelajaran agama, seorang anak bahkan harus menghafal sedemikian banyak soal bahkan dalam bentuk multiple choice. Bisa dibayangkan, buku teks agama kita sangat tidak menarik karena anak dikejar-kejar dengan nilai, bukan proses penanaman etika dalam proses belajar keseharian.

Memang banyak muncul buku teks terbitan terbaru, apalagi dengan kebijakan e-book baru-baru ini, akan tetapi isinya tidak fokus dan sering kali merupakan pengulangan-pengulangan. Yang terjadi sesungguhnya adalah sebuah siklus daur ulang materi-materi lama dengan referensi lama pula-untuk tidak mengatakan kadaluwarsa-sehingga perkembangan pengetahuan siswa pada dasarnya jalan di tempat. Dengan kondisi ini, harapan agar siswa bisa mengantisipasi masa depan menjadi slogan belaka. Bagaimana mungkin mengharapkan mereka mampu mengantisipasi masa depan jika pelajaran-pelajaran yang disodorkan justru tidak responsif terhadap perkembangan yang sedang terjadi?

Dalam studi Dedi Supriadi (Anatomi Buku Sekolah di Indonesia, 2000) terungkap bahwa buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dibaca oleh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Hal ini setidaknya menunjukkan dua hal. Pertama, ketergantungan siswa dan guru yang begitu besar terhadap kelemahan mendasar dunia pendidikan nasional, tetapi pada sisi lain menginspirasikan treatment strategis bagi pengembangannya. Fenomena ini sesungguhnya menyodorkan satu hal urgen, buku paket bisa menjadi katalisator (baca jalan pintas) peningkatan mutu pendidikan Indonesia yang sedang terpuruk.

Ada beberapa alasan mengapa buku paket menjadi alternatif strategis-akseleratif pembangunan kembali dunia pendidikan Indonesia yang sudah bangkrut. Pertama, kualitas guru yang sebagian besar tidak memadai. Sudah menjadi pengakuan umum bahwa rendahnya kualitas guru Indonesia-karena beberapa sebab yang memang tidak kondusif bagi mereka untuk berkembang dan profesional dalam bidangnya-adalah salah satu titik lemah pendidikan nasional.

Rendahnya mutu guru salah satunya disebabkan oleh masih adanya angka guru mismatch dan underqualified yang relatif tinggi. Beberapa usaha telah dilakukan untuk meningkatkan profesionalisme guru seperti in-service training, sertifikasi, atau bahkan program pascasarjana. Tetapi usaha semacam ini, di samping sulit menjamin kualitas hasilnya, juga membutuhkan biaya besar dan waktu lama.

Di tengah kondisi yang demikian, perlu dicari altematif yang paling mungkin untuk menolong siswa dalam jangka pendek, dan tanpa membutuhkan waktu terlalu lama. Dalam hal ini, kehadiran buku pelajaran berkualitas yang dirancang dengan asumsi bisa dipahami dengan baik tanpa guru sekalipun dan, tentunya relevan terhadap temuan terbaru menjadi sangat mendesak.

Kedua, seperti yang diungkap di atas, buku paket merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dapat diakses (baca dibaca) oleh hampir seluruh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Tragis sekali bila satu-satunya sumber belajar yang bisa diakses siswa ini tidak ditangani secara serius. Di samping itu, seperti yang ditunjukkan oleh laporan International Education Achievement tahun 1999, minat baca siswa di sekolah-sekolah Indonesia menempati nomor dua terakhir dari 39 negara yang disurvei. Tentunya, keadaannya akan semakin parah bila minat baca siswa yang minim tersebut diperburuk oleh rendahnya kualitas buku pegangan yang menjadi satu-satunya buku bacaan mereka. Mereka bisa jadi kehilangan minat terhadap buku.

Kelemahan buku-buku teks yang banyak beredar setidaknya mencakup lima hal, yaitu isi, bahasa, desain grafis, metodologi penulisan, dan strategi indexing. Seperti disinggung di atas, masalah isi mengandung dua cacat pokok, yakni terlalu banyak dan kadaluwarsa dan karena itu menyesatkan, sebab sudah tidak sesuai dengan penemuan-penemuan mutakhir. Hal ini setidaknya juga bisa dilihat dari referensi lama yang dipergunakan. Pengakuan para penyusun buku seperti diungkap Supriadi patut mendapat catatan Para penyusun bukannya menulis buku baru dengan referensi yang baru pula, melainkan menata ulang, mengemas kembali, atau merakit kembali materi-materi yang telah ada dalam buku-buku sebelumnya. Maka yang terjadi sebenarnya adalah reproduksi ulang kesalahan-kesalahan sebelumnya dengan kemasan baru.

Dari segi bahasa dan ilustrasi, kelemahan menonjol buku-buku teks adalah penggunaan bahasa dan ilustrasi yang tidak komunikatif sehingga tidak berhasil menyampaikan pesan inti buku. Dari segi metodologi penulisan, dapat dilihat dari tidak adanya nuansa yang bisa menggugah kesadaran afektif-emosional siswa, terutama dalam buku-buku sosial, moral, dan keagamaan. Pendekatan yang dipakai terlalu materialistik, kering, dan membosankan sehingga gagal menyampaikan pesan isi (content provision) sebuah buku.

Dari aspek strategi kemudahan untuk membaca, indexing hampir tak pernah ada dalam buku-buku teks sekolah anak-anak kita. Tidak seperti buku-buku teks semisal di Singapura dan Amerika yang kaya dengan indeks. Buku-buku teks kita miskin inisiatif bahkan untuk sebagian buku teks di perguruan tinggi. Dalam beberapa studi disebutkan, ketersediaan indeks dalam buku teks akan menaikkan tingkat analitis dan daya kritis anak terhadap setiap persoalan. Karena, dengan indeks seorang anak akan belajar bagaimana melihat kebutuhan pokok bahasan yang sesuai dengan minat dan keinginannya tanpa perlu waktu lama dalam memperolehnya.

Kelima masalah di atas bisa jadi berawal dari honor yang diterima oleh para penulis sangat kecil dan kadang tidak manusiawi. Bagaimana tidak, walau pun anggaran yang dialokasikan untuk buku sangat besar, yang diterima oleh penulis justru sangat tidak wajar. Menurut Rencana Proyek Pengembangan Buku dan Minat Baca, Dirjen Dikdasmen, misalnya, alokasi dana pengembangan buku tidak kurang dari US$350 juta. Dengan kurs rata-rata RplO.OOO per dolar, jumlah itu sama dengan Rp3,5 triliun lebih! idealnya, dengan dana yang demikian besar, pemerintah seharusnya bisa membangun semacam Kamp Konsentrasi Penulisan Buku Paket dengan membayar penulis-penulis andal dengan satu tema besar, Melahirkan buku-buku teks berkualitas bagi pembangunan masa depan bangsa.

Bila kita sepakat bahwa yang paling berkepentingan dalam pendidikan adalah siswa, dan,bahwa setiap usaha peningkatan mutu pendidikan bertujuan untuk memaksimalkan kemampuan siswa, sudah saatnya usaha yang diprioritaskan adalah yang paling mungkin dirasakan langsung oleh setiap siswa. Tidak bisa dimungkiri, buku paket merupakan salah satu-kalau tidak satu-satunya-media belajar yang bisa dipegang, dirasakan, bahkan menjadi teman tidur siswa-yang kebetulan sebagian besar miskin dan tak berdaya itu- di pojok-pojok kamar mereka. Merupakan kekeliruan fatal bila kemudian teman setia-nya tersebut tidak mampu mengantarnya ke gerbang pengetahuan dan masa depan yang lebih baik.

Karena perannya yang demikian sentral itu maka kemajuan dan kemunduran pendidikan suatu bangsa dapat dilacak dari tinggi-rendahnya mutu buku teks yang dibaca oleh anak didik. Sebuah studi yang dilakukan oleh Kathy Chekley (1997), misalnya, menemukan bahwa ketertinggalan siswa Amerika dari siswa Jepang dalam penguasaan matematika dan sains berawal dari buku-buku teks sekolah Amerika yang cenderung a mile wide and an inch deep. Buku pelajaran agama bahkan lebih menyerupai buku teks subjek matematika atau fisika yang sarat dengan rumus dan lebih mementingkan peran akal ketimbang rumusan moralitas dalam proses dan praktik.

Nilai strategis Dalam studi Dedi Supriadi (Anatomi Buku Sekolah di Indonesia, 2000) terungkap bahwa buku pelajaran (textbook) merupakan satu- satunya buku rujukan yang dibaca oleh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Kedua, seperti yang diungkap di atas, buku paket merupakan satu-satunya buku rujukan yang dapat diakses (baca dibaca) oleh hampir seluruh siswa, bahkan juga oleh sebagian besar guru. Tentunya, keadaannya akan semakin parah bila minat baca siswa yang minim tersebut diperburuk oleh rendahnya kualitas buku pegangan yang menjadi satu-satunya buku bacaan mereka. Pengakuan para penyusun buku seperti diungkap Supriadi patut mendapat catatan Para penyusun bukannya menulis buku baru dengan referensi yang baru pula, melainkan menata ulang, mengemas kembali, atau merakit kembali materi-materi yang telah ada dalam buku-buku sebelumnya. Bila kita sepakat bahwa yang paling berkepentingan dalam pendidikan adalah siswa, dan,bahwa setiap usaha peningkatan mutu pendidikan bertujuan untuk memaksimalkan kemampuan siswa, sudah saatnya usaha yang diprioritaskan adalah yang paling mungkin dirasakan langsung oleh setiap siswa.

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saco-indonesia.com, Obat Radang Tenggorokan Tradisional Paling Ampuh. Pernahkah anda merasakan rasa sakit pada tenggorokan, hal ini telah menandakan adanya penyakit pada saluran pernafasan dan salah satu penyebabnya adalah radang tenggorokan. Radang tenggorokan juga sudah tentu sangat menganggu karena sangat terasa tidak nyaman, terlebih jika dibiarkan maka penyakit ini bisa menjadi penyakit yang serius. untuk itu disini saya akan memberikan cara membuat obat radang tenggorokan tradisional dengan bahan alami dan tradisional.

Obat Radang Tenggorokan

Radang tenggorokan ini juga bisa disebabkan oleh virus atau bakteri, disebabkan karena daya tahan yang lemah. Radang tenggorokan ini pada umumnya telah disebabkan oleh bakteri streptococcus. Kondisi ini telah menyebabkan tenggorokan mengalami iritasi, peradangan, suara serak, batuk, gatal dan terasa sakit saat menelan.

Ada beberapa gejala dan tanda tanda umum ketika orang mengalami radang tenggorokan, berikut adalah gejala radang tenggorokan.

Gejala Radang Tenggorokan

    Sakit kepala

    Ruam

    Badan terasa lelah

    Ada bintik-bintik merah kecil di bagian belakang atap mulut

    Kesulitan menelan, bahkan air liur sekalipun

    Kelenjar getah bening pada leher membengkak

    Tenggorokan terasa sakit

    Amandel membengkak dan berwarna merah. Terkadang ada bercak putih dan lapisan nanah pada amandel

    Demam tinggi, biasanya lebih dari 38,3 derajat Celcius (101 derajat Fahrenheit)

    Perut terasa sakit dan terkadang disertai dengan muntah


Nah diatas adalah gejala umum dari radang tenggorokan, jika anda mengalami gejala diatas ada kemungkinan anda sedang mengalami radang tenggorokan, lantas bagaiaman cara mengobatinya? berikut adalah obat radang tenggorokan tradisional yang terbukti ampuh.

Obat Radang Tenggorokan

1. Menghirup Uap Panas
Menghirup uap juga dapat mengobati radang tenggorokan. Caranya cukup mudah, taruh air panas dalam panci lalu letakkan di depan Anda. Pakailah handuk di kepala untuk mencegah uap menyebar. Hirup uap dari panci tak hanya melalui hidung tapi sesekali juga melalui mulut.


2. Campuran Madu dan Lemon
Cara membuatnya cukup mudah campurkan secangkir air hangat dengan 1 sendok makan lemon dan 1 sendok makan madu. campuran ini ampuh untuk dapat mengobati radang tenggorokan. namun jika anda kesulitan untuk mencari lemon anda bisa menggunakan satu sendok madu tanpa campuran air.


3. Daun Kemangi
Rebus daun kemangi dan minumlah air rebusannya. Atau cukup berkumur dengan air rebusan kemangi akan membuat sakit tenggorokan Anda membaik.


4. Teh jahe
Anda juga bisa menambahkan satu inci potong jahe yang telah dimemarkan kemudian rebus selama dua hingga menit. Lalu, campur dengan teh yang telah Anda buat sebelumnya.


5. Campuran Kunyit, Air, dan Garam
Ini adalah obat rumahan yang sangat efektif untuk dapat menghilangkan rasa sakit pada tenggorokan. Ditambah lagi, bahan-bahan yang diperlukan sangat mudah untuk dicari. Campurkan satu sendok teh garam dan sejumput kunyit dengan 200 ml air hangat kemudian berkumurlah beberapa kali sehari.


6. Bawang Putih
Bawang putih mengandung senyawa yang bernama allicin yang juga merupakan agen pembunuh bakteri. cobalah mengunyah bawang putih agar mengeluarkan senyawa allicin demi mengatasi radang tenggorokan.


7. Jus Buah Belimbing
Buah belimbing telah memiliki khasiat sebagai anti-radang yang bisa digunakan untuk dapat mengobati radang tenggorokan. Caranya ambil 100 gram buah belimbing manis, lalu dibuat jus dan diminum.

Nah demikianlah beberapa obat radang tenggorokan tradisional yang bisa dengan mudah anda buat. dan apabila anda atau keluarga mengalami radang tenggorokan, cobalah membuat obat radang tenggorokan dari bahan diatas. Semoga bermanfaat, Salam.


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OBAT RADANG TENGGOROKAN TRADISIONAL

Bagi anda yang telah memilki berat badan yang berlebih atau obesitas sebaiknya segera mempertimbangkan pola hidup anda dikarenakan dengan berat badan yang terlalu besar akan dapat menimbulkan beberapa resiko gangguang kesehatan. Diet umum telah dilakukan untuk bisa mendapatkan berat badan yang ideal. Diet yang sehat memang membutuhkan proses sehingga sebagian sebagian wanita yang tidak sabar menjalankan prosesnya memilih jalan yang instan untuk menggunakan obat-obatan. Obat-obatan yang digunakan untuk diet harus melalui pemeriksaan medis terlebih dahulu karena bagaimanapun kandungan kimia di dalam obat tersebut memiliki pengaruh terhadap tubuh anda. Bagi anda yang ingin melakukan diet dengan obat-obatan, konsultasikan terlebih dahulu kesehatan anda kepada dokter. Walaupun demikian ternyata berdiet tidak harus sulit cukup dengan cara yang alami dan gaya hidup yang membanntu diet cepat sehingga berat badan yang ideal mudah untuk anda dapatkan. Cara diet alami dapat anda lakukan dengan memilih makanan dan

minuman yang tepat.

Berikut adalah minuman yang dapat membantu anda dalam diet secara alami :

1.  Diet Alami Dengan Air Mineral

Air mineral juga dapat membantu anda dalam menurunkan berat badan apalagi jika mengkonsumsinya dalam jumlah dan waktu yang tepat. Setiap hari anda harus membutuhkan 2 liter air, selain memenuhi kecukupan cairan tubuh. Konsumsi air sebanyak 2-3 gelas pada rentan waktu 5-10 menit sebelum makan akan membantu anda dalam menurunkan berat badan. Hal ini telah didukkung oleh Penelitian yang menunjukan dengan minum air putih sebelum makan bisa menurunkan berat badan hingga 2.3 kg selama 12 minggu. Dengan membiasakan minum air putih sebelum makan merupakan kebiasaan diet yang baik dikarenakan air putih memiliki nol kalori. Diet alami dengan minum air putih bisa anda lakukan secara rutin untuk bisa membantu anda dalam mengontrol rasa lapar.

2.  Diet Alami Dengan Air Teh Hijau

Teh hijau terkenal dibeberapa negara asia seperti china dan jepang. Kandungan yang terdapat di dalam teh hijau seperti kafein, saponin, tehobromine, tehophylline dan epigallocathine yang dapat meningkatkan metabolisme tubuh dan mengontrol nafsu makan. Teh hijau juga sangat kaya dengan kandungan polifenol dan flavonoid yang memberikan manfaat untuk kesehatan selain itu mengkonsumsi air teh hijau secara teratur akan membantu anda dalam menurunkan berat badan. Meskipun sekarang banyak yang menawarkan supleman yang terbuat dari teh hijau untuk bisa membantu anda dalam menurunkan berat badan tapi cara yang alami masih bisa anda dapatkan dengan mudah. Anda dapat mengkonsumsi teh hijau dengan cara yang tradisional cukup dengan menyeduhnya, sesekali bisa dicampurkan dengan beberapa sendok teh gula.

3.    Diet Alami Dengan Susu Kedelai

Susu kedelai telah memiliki kecukupan nutrisi seperti kandungann fiber, karbohidrat dan vitamin yang tinggi setara dengan susu sapi. Bagi anda yang sedang diet kandungan lemak yang terdapat di dalam susu kedelai sangat bagus untuk kesehatan ditambah lagi kandungan karbohidrat yang terdapat pada susu kedelai merupakan jenis polisakarida yang tidak larut di dalam air sehingga tidak dicerna tubuh.  Vitamin b kompleks, vitamin A,  E dan K sangat membantu anda dalam memenuhi kebutuhan asupan nutrisi selama diet. Anda dapat meningkatkan asupan susu kedelai diwaktu siang dan malam ketika anda berdiet.

Itulah 3 minuman yang telah memiliki manfaat untuk anda yang sedang berdiet dengan cara alami, diet tidak membutuhkan biaya mahal cukup dengan memilih gizi yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan tubuh anda.

 

3 CARA DIET ALAMI DENGAN MINUMAN

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BALTIMORE — In the afternoons, the streets of Locust Point are clean and nearly silent. In front of the rowhouses, potted plants rest next to steps of brick or concrete. There is a shopping center nearby with restaurants, and a grocery store filled with fresh foods.

And the National Guard and the police are largely absent. So, too, residents say, are worries about what happened a few miles away on April 27 when, in a space of hours, parts of this city became riot zones.

“They’re not our reality,” Ashley Fowler, 30, said on Monday at the restaurant where she works. “They’re not what we’re living right now. We live in, not to be racist, white America.”

As Baltimore considers its way forward after the violent unrest brought by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of injuries he suffered while in police custody, residents in its predominantly white neighborhoods acknowledge that they are sometimes struggling to understand what beyond Mr. Gray’s death spurred the turmoil here. For many, the poverty and troubled schools of gritty West Baltimore are distant troubles, glimpsed only when they pass through the area on their way somewhere else.

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Officers blocked traffic at Pennsylvania and West North Avenues after reports that a gun was discharged in the area. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

And so neighborhoods of Baltimore are facing altogether different reckonings after Mr. Gray’s death. In mostly black communities like Sandtown-Winchester, where some of the most destructive rioting played out last week, residents are hoping businesses will reopen and that the police will change their strategies. But in mostly white areas like Canton and Locust Point, some residents wonder what role, if any, they should play in reimagining stretches of Baltimore where they do not live.

“Most of the people are kind of at a loss as to what they’re supposed to do,” said Dr. Richard Lamb, a dentist who has practiced in the same Locust Point office for nearly 39 years. “I listen to the news reports. I listen to the clergymen. I listen to the facts of the rampant unemployment and the lack of opportunities in the area. Listen, I pay my taxes. Exactly what can I do?”

And in Canton, where the restaurants have clever names like Nacho Mama’s and Holy Crepe Bakery and Café, Sara Bahr said solutions seemed out of reach for a proudly liberal city.

“I can only imagine how frustrated they must be,” said Ms. Bahr, 36, a nurse who was out with her 3-year-old daughter, Sally. “I just wish I knew how to solve poverty. I don’t know what to do to make it better.”

The day of unrest and the overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations that followed led to hundreds of arrests, often for violations of the curfew imposed on the city for five consecutive nights while National Guard soldiers patrolled the streets. Although there were isolated instances of trouble in Canton, the neighborhood association said on its website, many parts of southeast Baltimore were physically untouched by the tumult.

Tensions in the city bubbled anew on Monday after reports that the police had wounded a black man in Northwest Baltimore. The authorities denied those reports and sent officers to talk with the crowds that gathered while other officers clutching shields blocked traffic at Pennsylvania and West North Avenues.

Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, a community police officer, said officers had stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun and that “one of those rounds was spent.”

Colonel Russell said officers had not opened fire, “so we couldn’t have shot him.”

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Lambi Vasilakopoulos, right, who runs a casual restaurant in Canton, said he was incensed by last week's looting and predicted tensions would worsen. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

The colonel said the man had not been injured but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Nearby, many people stood in disbelief, despite the efforts by the authorities to quash reports they described as “unfounded.”

Monday’s episode was a brief moment in a larger drama that has yielded anger and confusion. Although many people said they were familiar with accounts of the police harassing or intimidating residents, many in Canton and Locust Point said they had never experienced it themselves. When they watched the unrest, which many protesters said was fueled by feelings that they lived only on Baltimore’s margins, even those like Ms. Bahr who were pained by what they saw said they could scarcely comprehend the emotions associated with it.

But others, like Lambi Vasilakopoulos, who runs a casual restaurant in Canton, said they were incensed by what unfolded last week.

“What happened wasn’t called for. Protests are one thing; looting is another thing,” he said, adding, “We’re very frustrated because we’re the ones who are going to pay for this.”

There were pockets of optimism, though, that Baltimore would enter a period of reconciliation.

“I’m just hoping for peace,” Natalie Boies, 53, said in front of the Locust Point home where she has lived for 50 years. “Learn to love each other; be patient with each other; find justice; and care.”

A skeptical Mr. Vasilakopoulos predicted tensions would worsen.

“It cannot be fixed,” he said. “It’s going to get worse. Why? Because people don’t obey the laws. They don’t want to obey them.”

But there were few fears that the violence that plagued West Baltimore last week would play out on these relaxed streets. The authorities, Ms. Fowler said, would make sure of that.

“They kept us safe here,” she said. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable when I was in my house three blocks away from here. I knew I was going to be O.K. because I knew they weren’t going to let anyone come and loot our properties or our businesses or burn our cars.”

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WASHINGTON — The last three men to win the Republican nomination have been the prosperous son of a president (George W. Bush), a senator who could not recall how many homes his family owned (John McCain of Arizona; it was seven) and a private equity executive worth an estimated $200 million (Mitt Romney).

The candidates hoping to be the party’s nominee in 2016 are trying to create a very different set of associations. On Sunday, Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, joined the presidential field.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida praises his parents, a bartender and a Kmart stock clerk, as he urges audiences not to forget “the workers in our hotel kitchens, the landscaping crews in our neighborhoods, the late-night janitorial staff that clean our offices.”

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a preacher’s son, posts on Twitter about his ham-and-cheese sandwiches and boasts of his coupon-clipping frugality. His $1 Kohl’s sweater has become a campaign celebrity in its own right.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky laments the existence of “two Americas,” borrowing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s phrase to describe economically and racially troubled communities like Ferguson, Mo., and Detroit.

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Senator Marco Rubio of Florida praises his parents, a bartender and a Kmart stock clerk. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

“Some say, ‘But Democrats care more about the poor,’ ” Mr. Paul likes to say. “If that’s true, why is black unemployment still twice white unemployment? Why has household income declined by $3,500 over the past six years?”

We are in the midst of the Empathy Primary — the rhetorical battleground shaping the Republican presidential field of 2016.

Harmed by the perception that they favor the wealthy at the expense of middle-of-the-road Americans, the party’s contenders are each trying their hardest to get across what the elder George Bush once inelegantly told recession-battered voters in 1992: “Message: I care.”

Their ability to do so — less bluntly, more sincerely — could prove decisive in an election year when power, privilege and family connections will loom large for both parties.

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Questions of understanding and compassion cost Republicans in the last election. Mr. Romney, who memorably dismissed the “47 percent” of Americans as freeloaders, lost to President Obama by 63 percentage points among voters who cast their ballots for the candidate who “cares about people like me,” according to exit polls.

And a Pew poll from February showed that people still believe Republicans are indifferent to working Americans: 54 percent said the Republican Party does not care about the middle class.

That taint of callousness explains why Senator Ted Cruz of Texas declared last week that Republicans “are and should be the party of the 47 percent” — and why another son of a president, Jeb Bush, has made economic opportunity the centerpiece of his message.

With his pedigree and considerable wealth — since he left the Florida governor’s office almost a decade ago he has earned millions of dollars sitting on corporate boards and advising banks — Mr. Bush probably has the most complicated task making the argument to voters that he understands their concerns.

On a visit last week to Puerto Rico, Mr. Bush sounded every bit the populist, railing against “elites” who have stifled economic growth and innovation. In the kind of economy he envisions leading, he said: “We wouldn’t have the middle being squeezed. People in poverty would have a chance to rise up. And the social strains that exist — because the haves and have-nots is the big debate in our country today — would subside.”

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Republicans’ emphasis on poorer and working-class Americans now represents a shift from the party’s longstanding focus on business owners and “job creators” as the drivers of economic opportunity.

This is intentional, Republican operatives said.

In the last presidential election, Republicans rushed to defend business owners against what they saw as hostility by Democrats to successful, wealthy entrepreneurs.

“Part of what you had was a reaction to the Democrats’ dehumanization of business owners: ‘Oh, you think you started your plumbing company? No you didn’t,’ ” said Grover Norquist, the conservative activist and president of Americans for Tax Reform.

But now, Mr. Norquist said, Republicans should move past that. “Focus on the people in the room who know someone who couldn’t get a job, or a promotion, or a raise because taxes are too high or regulations eat up companies’ time,” he said. “The rich guy can take care of himself.”

Democrats argue that the public will ultimately see through such an approach because Republican positions like opposing a minimum-wage increase and giving private banks a larger role in student loans would hurt working Americans.

“If Republican candidates are just repeating the same tired policies, I’m not sure that smiling while saying it is going to be enough,” said Guy Cecil, a Democratic strategist who is joining a “super PAC” working on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Republicans have already attacked Mrs. Clinton over the wealth and power she and her husband have accumulated, caricaturing her as an out-of-touch multimillionaire who earns hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech and has not driven a car since 1996.

Mr. Walker hit this theme recently on Fox News, pointing to Mrs. Clinton’s lucrative book deals and her multiple residences. “This is not someone who is connected with everyday Americans,” he said. His own net worth, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is less than a half-million dollars; Mr. Walker also owes tens of thousands of dollars on his credit cards.

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But showing off a cheap sweater or boasting of a bootstraps family background not only helps draw a contrast with Mrs. Clinton’s latter-day affluence, it is also an implicit argument against Mr. Bush.

Mr. Walker, who featured a 1998 Saturn with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer in a 2010 campaign ad during his first run for governor, likes to talk about flipping burgers at McDonald’s as a young person. His mother, he has said, grew up on a farm with no indoor plumbing until she was in high school.

Mr. Rubio, among the least wealthy members of the Senate, with an estimated net worth of around a half-million dollars, uses his working-class upbringing as evidence of the “exceptionalism” of America, “where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.”

Mr. Cruz alludes to his family’s dysfunction — his parents, he says, were heavy drinkers — and recounts his father’s tale of fleeing Cuba with $100 sewn into his underwear.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey notes that his father paid his way through college working nights at an ice cream plant.

But sometimes the attempts at projecting authenticity can seem forced. Mr. Christie recently found himself on the defensive after telling a New Hampshire audience, “I don’t consider myself a wealthy man.” Tax returns showed that he and his wife, a longtime Wall Street executive, earned nearly $700,000 in 2013.

The story of success against the odds is a political classic, even if it is one the Republican Party has not been able to tell for a long time. Ronald Reagan liked to say that while he had not been born on the wrong side of the tracks, he could always hear the whistle. Richard Nixon was fond of reminding voters how he was born in a house his father had built.

“Probably the idea that is most attractive to an average voter, and an idea that both Republicans and Democrats try to craft into their messages, is this idea that you can rise from nothing,” said Charles C. W. Cooke, a writer for National Review.

There is a certain delight Republicans take in turning that message to their advantage now.

“That’s what Obama did with Hillary,” Mr. Cooke said. “He acknowledged it openly: ‘This is ridiculous. Look at me, this one-term senator with dark skin and all of America’s unsolved racial problems, running against the wife of the last Democratic president.”

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Public perceptions of race relations in America have grown substantially more negative in the aftermath of the death of a young black man who was injured while in police custody in Baltimore and the subsequent unrest, far eclipsing the sentiment recorded in the wake of turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., last summer.

Americans are also increasingly likely to say that the police are more apt to use deadly force against a black person, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.

The poll findings highlight the challenges for local leaders and police officials in trying to maintain order while sustaining faith in the criminal justice system in a racially polarized nation.

Sixty-one percent of Americans now say race relations in this country are generally bad. That figure is up sharply from 44 percent after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed in Ferguson in August, and 43 percent in December. In a CBS News poll just two months ago, 38 percent said race relations were generally bad. Current views are by far the worst of Barack Obama’s presidency.

The negative sentiment is echoed by broad majorities of blacks and whites alike, a stark change from earlier this year, when 58 percent of blacks thought race relations were bad, but just 35 percent of whites agreed. In August, 48 percent of blacks and 41 percent of whites said they felt that way.

Looking ahead, 44 percent of Americans think race relations are worsening, up from 36 percent in December. Forty-one percent of blacks and 46 percent of whites think so. Pessimism among whites has increased 10 points since December.

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The poll finds that profound racial divisions in views of how the police use deadly force remain. Blacks are more than twice as likely to say police in most communities are more apt to use deadly force against a black person — 79 percent of blacks say so compared with 37 percent of whites. A slim majority of whites say race is not a factor in a police officer’s decision to use deadly force.

Overall, 44 percent of Americans say deadly force is more likely to be used against a black person, up from 37 percent in August and 40 percent in December.

Blacks also remain far more likely than whites to say they feel mostly anxious about the police in their community. Forty-two percent say so, while 51 percent feel mostly safe. Among whites, 8 in 10 feel mostly safe.

One proposal to address the matter — having on-duty police officers wear body cameras — receives overwhelming support. More than 9 in 10 whites and blacks alike favor it.

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Asked specifically about the situation in Baltimore, most Americans expressed at least some confidence that the investigation by local authorities would be conducted fairly. But while nearly two-thirds of whites think so, fewer than half of blacks agree. Still, more blacks are confident now than were in August regarding the investigation in Ferguson. On Friday, six members of the police force involved in the arrest of Mr. Gray were charged with serious offenses, including manslaughter. The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday; results from before charges were announced are similar to those from after.

Reaction to the recent turmoil in Baltimore, however, is similar among blacks and whites. Most Americans, 61 percent, say the unrest after Mr. Gray’s death was not justified. That includes 64 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks.

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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

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Over the last five years or so, it seemed there was little that Dean G. Skelos, the majority leader of the New York Senate, would not do for his son.

He pressed a powerful real estate executive to provide commissions to his son, a 32-year-old title insurance salesman, according to a federal criminal complaint. He helped get him a job at an environmental company and employed his influence to help the company get government work. He used his office to push natural gas drilling regulations that would have increased his son’s commissions.

He even tried to direct part of a $5.4 billion state budget windfall to fund government contracts that the company was seeking. And when the company was close to securing a storm-water contract from Nassau County, the senator, through an intermediary, pressured the company to pay his son more — or risk having the senator subvert the bid.

The criminal complaint, unsealed on Monday, lays out corruption charges against Senator Skelos and his son, Adam B. Skelos, the latest scandal to seize Albany, and potentially alter its power structure.

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Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, discussed the case involving Dean G. Skelos and his son, Adam. Credit Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The repeated and diverse efforts by Senator Skelos, a Long Island Republican, to use what prosecutors said was his political influence to find work, or at least income, for his son could send both men to federal prison. If they are convicted of all six charges against them, they face up to 20 years in prison for each of four of the six counts and up to 10 years for the remaining two.

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, of Long Island, who serves as chairman of the Republican conference, emerged from a closed-door meeting Monday night to say that conference members agreed that Mr. Skelos should be benefited the “presumption of innocence,” and would stay in his leadership role.

“The leader has indicated he would like to remain as leader,” said Mr. LaValle, “and he has the support of the conference.” The case against Mr. Skelos and his son grew out of a broader inquiry into political corruption by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, that has already changed the face of the state capital. It is based in part, according to the six-count complaint, on conversations secretly recorded by one of two cooperating witnesses, and wiretaps on the cellphones of the senator and his son. Those recordings revealed that both men were concerned about electronic surveillance, and illustrated the son’s unsuccessful efforts to thwart it.

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Adam Skelos took to using a “burner” phone, the complaint says, and told his father he wanted them to speak through a FaceTime video call in an apparent effort to avoid detection. They also used coded language at times.

At one point, Adam Skelos was recorded telling a Senate staff member of his frustration in not being able to speak openly to his father on the phone, noting that he could not “just send smoke signals or a little pigeon” carrying a message.

The 43-page complaint, sworn out by Paul M. Takla, a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, outlines a five-year scheme to “monetize” the senator’s official position; it also lays bare the extent to which a father sought to use his position to help his son.

The charges accuse the two men of extorting payments through a real estate developer, Glenwood Management, based on Long Island, and the environmental company, AbTech Industries, in Scottsdale, Ariz., with the expectation that the money paid to Adam Skelos — nearly $220,000 in total — would influence his father’s actions.

Glenwood, one of the state’s most prolific campaign donors, had ties to AbTech through investments in the environmental firm’s parent company by Glenwood’s founding family and a senior executive.

The accusations in the complaint portray Senator Skelos as a man who, when it came to his son, was not shy about twisting arms, even in situations that might give other arm-twisters pause.

Seeking to help his son, Senator Skelos turned to the executive at Glenwood, which develops rental apartments in New York City and has much at stake when it comes to real estate legislation in Albany. The senator urged him to direct business to his son, who sold title insurance.

After much prodding, the executive, Charles C. Dorego, engineered a $20,000 payment to Adam Skelos from a title insurance company even though he did no work for the money. But far more lucrative was a consultant position that Mr. Dorego arranged for Adam Skelos at AbTech, which seeks government contracts to treat storm water. (Mr. Dorego is not identified by name in the complaint, but referred to only as CW-1, for Cooperating Witness 1.)

Senator Skelos appeared to take an active interest in his son’s new line of work. Adam Skelos sent him several drafts of his consulting agreement with AbTech, the complaint says, as well as the final deal that was struck.

“Mazel tov,” his father replied.

Senator Skelos sent relevant news articles to his son, including one about a sewage leak near Albany. When AbTech wanted to seek government contracts after Hurricane Sandy, the senator got on a conference call with his son and an AbTech executive, Bjornulf White, and offered advice. (Like Mr. Dorego, Mr. White is not named in the complaint, but referred to as CW-2.)

The assistance paid off: With the senator’s help, AbTech secured a contract worth up to $12 million from Nassau County, a big break for a struggling small business.

But the money was slow to materialize. The senator expressed impatience with county officials.

Adam Skelos, in a phone call with Mr. White in late December, suggested that his father would seek to punish the county. “I tell you this, the state is not going to do a [expletive] thing for the county,” he said.

Three days later, Senator Skelos pressed his case with the Nassau County executive, Edward P. Mangano, a fellow Republican. “Somebody feels like they’re just getting jerked around the last two years,” the senator said, referring to his son in what the complaint described as “coded language.”

The next day, the senator pursued the matter, as he and Mr. Mangano attended a wake for a slain New York City police officer. Senator Skelos then reassured his son, who called him while he was still at the wake. “All claims that are in will be taken care of,” the senator said.

AbTech’s fortunes appeared to weigh on his son. At one point in January, Adam Skelos told his father that if the company did not succeed, he would “lose the ability to pay for things.”

Making matters worse, in recent months, Senator Skelos and his son appeared to grow wary about who was watching them. In addition to making calls on the burner phone, Adam Skelos said he used the FaceTime video calling “because that doesn’t show up on the phone bill,” as he told Mr. White.

In late February, Adam Skelos arranged a pair of meetings between Mr. White and state senators; AbTech needed to win state legislation that would allow its contract to move beyond its initial stages. But Senator Skelos deemed the plan too risky and caused one of the meetings to be canceled.

In another recorded call, Adam Skelos, promising to be “very, very vague” on the phone, urged his father to allow the meeting. The senator offered a warning. “Right now we are in dangerous times, Adam,” he told him.

A month later, in another phone call that was recorded by the authorities, Adam Skelos complained that his father could not give him “real advice” about AbTech while the two men were speaking over the telephone.

“You can’t talk normally,” he told his father, “because it’s like [expletive] Preet Bharara is listening to every [expletive] phone call. It’s just [expletive] frustrating.”

“It is,” his father agreed.

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THE WRITERS ASHLEY AND JAQUAVIS COLEMAN know the value of a good curtain-raiser. The couple have co-authored dozens of novels, and they like to start them with a bang: a headlong action sequence, a blast of violence or sex that rocks readers back on their heels. But the Colemans concede they would be hard-pressed to dream up anything more gripping than their own real-life opening scene.

In the summer of 2001, JaQuavis Coleman was a 16-year-old foster child in Flint, Mich., the former auto-manufacturing mecca that had devolved, in the wake of General Motors’ plant closures, into one of the country’s most dangerous cities, with a decimated economy and a violent crime rate more than three times the national average. When JaQuavis was 8, social services had removed him from his mother’s home. He spent years bouncing between foster families. At 16, JaQuavis was also a businessman: a crack dealer with a network of street-corner peddlers in his employ.

One day that summer, JaQuavis met a fellow dealer in a parking lot on Flint’s west side. He was there to make a bulk sale of a quarter-brick, or “nine-piece” — a nine-ounce parcel of cocaine, with a street value of about $11,000. In the middle of the transaction, JaQuavis heard the telltale chirp of a walkie-talkie. His customer, he now realized, was an undercover policeman. JaQuavis jumped into his car and spun out onto the road, with two unmarked police cars in pursuit. He didn’t want to get into a high-speed chase, so he whipped his car into a church parking lot and made a run for it, darting into an alleyway behind a row of small houses, where he tossed the quarter-brick into some bushes. When JaQuavis reached the small residential street on the other side of the houses, he was greeted by the police, who handcuffed him and went to search behind the houses where, they told him, they were certain he had ditched the drugs. JaQuavis had been dealing since he was 12, had amassed more than $100,000 and had never been arrested. Now, he thought: It’s over.

But when the police looked in the bushes, they couldn’t find any cocaine. They interrogated JaQuavis, who denied having ever possessed or sold drugs. They combed the backyard alley some more. After an hour of fruitless efforts, the police were forced to unlock the handcuffs and release their suspect.

JaQuavis was baffled by the turn of events until the next day, when he received a phone call. The previous afternoon, a 15-year-old girl had been sitting in her home on the west side of Flint when she heard sirens. She looked out of the window of her bedroom, and watched a young man throw a package in the bushes behind her house. She recognized him. He was a high school classmate — a handsome, charismatic boy whom she had admired from afar. The girl crept outside and grabbed the bundle, which she hid in her basement. “I have something that belongs to you,” Ashley Snell told JaQuavis Coleman when she reached him by phone. “You wanna come over here and pick it up?”

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Three of the nearly 50 works of urban fiction published by the Colemans over the last decade, often featuring drug deals, violence, sex and a brash kind of feminism.Credit Marko Metzinger

In the Colemans’ first novel, “Dirty Money” (2005), they told a version of this story. The outline was the same: the drug deal gone bad, the dope chucked in the bushes, the fateful phone call. To the extent that the authors took poetic license, it was to tone down the meet-cute improbability of the true-life events. In “Dirty Money,” the girl, Anari, and the crack dealer, Maurice, circle each other warily for a year or so before coupling up. But the facts of Ashley and JaQuavis’s romance outstripped pulp fiction. They fell in love more or less at first sight, moved into their own apartment while still in high school and were married in 2008. “We were together from the day we met,” Ashley says. “I don’t think we’ve spent more than a week apart in total over the past 14 years.”

That partnership turned out to be creative and entrepreneurial as well as romantic. Over the past decade, the Colemans have published nearly 50 books, sometimes as solo writers, sometimes under pseudonyms, but usually as collaborators with a byline that has become a trusted brand: “Ashley & JaQuavis.” They are marquee stars of urban fiction, or street lit, a genre whose inner-city settings and lurid mix of crime, sex and sensationalism have earned it comparisons to gangsta rap. The emergence of street lit is one of the big stories in recent American publishing, a juggernaut that has generated huge sales by catering to a readership — young, black and, for the most part, female — that historically has been ill-served by the book business. But the genre is also widely maligned. Street lit is subject to a kind of triple snobbery: scorned by literati who look down on genre fiction generally, ignored by a white publishing establishment that remains largely indifferent to black books and disparaged by African-American intellectuals for poor writing, coarse values and trafficking in racial stereotypes.

But if a certain kind of cultural prestige is shut off to the Colemans, they have reaped other rewards. They’ve built a large and loyal fan base, which gobbles up the new Ashley & JaQuavis titles that arrive every few months. Many of those books are sold at street-corner stands and other off-the-grid venues in African-American neighborhoods, a literary gray market that doesn’t register a blip on best-seller tallies. Yet the Colemans’ most popular series now regularly crack the trade fiction best-seller lists of The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. For years, the pair had no literary agent; they sold hundreds of thousands of books without banking a penny in royalties. Still, they have earned millions of dollars, almost exclusively from cash-for-manuscript deals negotiated directly with independent publishing houses. In short, though little known outside of the world of urban fiction, the Colemans are one of America’s most successful literary couples, a distinction they’ve achieved, they insist, because of their work’s gritty authenticity and their devotion to a primal literary virtue: the power of the ripping yarn.

“When you read our books, you’re gonna realize: ‘Ashley & JaQuavis are storytellers,’ ” says Ashley. “Our tales will get your heart pounding.”

THE COLEMANS’ HOME BASE — the cottage from which they operate their cottage industry — is a spacious four-bedroom house in a genteel suburb about 35 miles north of downtown Detroit. The house is plush, but when I visited this past winter, it was sparsely appointed. The couple had just recently moved in, and had only had time to fully furnish the bedroom of their 4-year-old son, Quaye.

In conversation, Ashley and JaQuavis exude both modesty and bravado: gratitude for their good fortune and bootstrappers’ pride in having made their own luck. They talk a lot about their time in the trenches, the years they spent as a drug dealer and “ride-or-die girl” tandem. In Flint they learned to “grind hard.” Writing, they say, is merely a more elevated kind of grind.

“Instead of hitting the block like we used to, we hit the laptops,” says Ashley. “I know what every word is worth. So while I’m writing, I’m like: ‘Okay, there’s a hundred dollars. There’s a thousand dollars. There’s five thousand dollars.’ ”

They maintain a rigorous regimen. They each try to write 5,000 words per day, five days a week. The writers stagger their shifts: JaQuavis goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes up early, around 3 or 4 in the morning, to work while his wife and child sleep. Ashley writes during the day, often in libraries or at Starbucks.

They divide the labor in other ways. Chapters are divvied up more or less equally, with tasks assigned according to individual strengths. (JaQuavis typically handles character development. Ashley loves writing murder scenes.) The results are stitched together, with no editorial interference from one author in the other’s text. The real work, they contend, is the brainstorming. The Colemans spend weeks mapping out their plot-driven books — long conversations that turn into elaborate diagrams on dry-erase boards. “JaQuavis and I are so close, it makes the process real easy,” says Ashley. “Sometimes when I’m thinking of something, a plot point, he’ll say it out loud, and I’m like: ‘Wait — did I say that?’ ”

Their collaboration developed by accident, and on the fly. Both were bookish teenagers. Ashley read lots of Judy Blume and John Grisham; JaQuavis liked Shakespeare, Richard Wright and “Atlas Shrugged.” (Their first official date was at a Borders bookstore, where Ashley bought “The Coldest Winter Ever,” the Sister Souljah novel often credited with kick-starting the contemporary street-lit movement.) In 2003, Ashley, then 17, was forced to terminate an ectopic pregnancy. She was bedridden for three weeks, and to provide distraction and boost her spirits, JaQuavis challenged his girlfriend to a writing contest. “She just wasn’t talking. She was laying in bed. I said, ‘You know what? I bet you I could write a better book than you.’ My wife is real competitive. So I said, ‘Yo, all right, $500 bet.’ And I saw her eyes spark, like, ‘What?! You can’t write no better book than me!’ So I wrote about three chapters. She wrote about three chapters. Two days later, we switched.”

The result, hammered out in a few days, would become “Dirty Money.” Two years later, when Ashley and JaQuavis were students at Ferris State University in Western Michigan, they sold the manuscript to Urban Books, a street-lit imprint founded by the best-selling author Carl Weber. At the time, JaQuavis was still making his living selling drugs. When Ashley got the phone call informing her that their book had been bought, she assumed they’d hit it big, and flushed more than $10,000 worth of cocaine down the toilet. Their advance was a mere $4,000.

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The roots of street lit, found in the midcentury detective novels of Chester Himes and the ‘60s and ‘70s “ghetto fiction” of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines.Credit Marko Metzinger

Those advances would soon increase, eventually reaching five and six figures. The Colemans built their career, JaQuavis says, in a manner that made sense to him as a veteran dope peddler: by flooding the street with product. From the start, they were prolific, churning out books at a rate of four or five a year. Their novels made their way into stores; the now-defunct chain Waldenbooks, which had stores in urban areas typically bypassed by booksellers, was a major engine of the street-lit market. But Ashley and JaQuavis took advantage of distribution channels established by pioneering urban fiction authors such as Teri Woods and Vickie Stringer, and a network of street-corner tables, magazine stands, corner shops and bodegas. Like rappers who establish their bona fides with gray-market mixtapes, street-lit authors use this system to circumnavigate industry gatekeepers, bringing their work straight to the genre’s core readership. But urban fiction has other aficionados, in less likely places. “Our books are so popular in the prison system,” JaQuavis says. “We’re banned in certain penitentiaries. Inmates fight over the books — there are incidents, you know? I have loved ones in jail, and they’re like: ‘Yo, your books can’t come in here. It’s against the rules.’ ”

The appeal of the Colemans’ work is not hard to fathom. The books are formulaic and taut; they deliver the expected goods efficiently and exuberantly. The titles telegraph the contents: “Diary of a Street Diva,” “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” “Murderville.” The novels serve up a stream of explicit sex and violence in a slangy, tangy, profane voice. In Ashley & JaQuavis’s books people don’t get killed: they get “popped,” “laid out,” get their “cap twisted back.” The smut is constant, with emphasis on the earthy, sticky, olfactory particulars. Romance novel clichés — shuddering orgasms, heroic carnal feats, superlative sexual skill sets — are rendered in the Colemans’ punchy patois.

Subtlety, in other words, isn’t Ashley & JaQuavis’s forte. But their books do have a grainy specificity. In “The Cartel” (2008), the first novel in the Colemans’ best-selling saga of a Miami drug syndicate, they catch the sights and smells of a crack workshop in a housing project: the nostril-stinging scent of cocaine and baking soda bubbling on stovetops; the teams of women, stripped naked except for hospital masks so they can’t pilfer the merchandise, “cutting up the cooked coke on the round wood table.” The subject matter is dark, but the Colemans’ tone is not quite noir. Even in the grimmest scenes, the mood is high-spirited, with the writers palpably relishing the lewd and gory details: the bodies writhing in boudoirs and crumpling under volleys of bullets, the geysers of blood and other bodily fluids.

The luridness of street lit has made it a flashpoint, inciting controversy reminiscent of the hip-hop culture wars of the 1980s and ’90s. But the street-lit debate touches deeper historical roots, reviving decades-old arguments in black literary circles about the mandate to uplift the race and present wholesome images of African-Americans. In 1928, W. E. B. Du Bois slammed the “licentiousness” of “Home to Harlem,” Claude McKay’s rollicking novel of Harlem nightlife. McKay’s book, Du Bois wrote, “for the most part nauseates me, and after the dirtier parts of its filth I feel distinctly like taking a bath.” Similar sentiments have greeted 21st-century street lit. In a 2006 New York Times Op-Ed essay, the journalist and author Nick Chiles decried “the sexualization and degradation of black fiction.” African-American bookstores, Chiles complained, are “overrun with novels that . . . appeal exclusively to our most prurient natures — as if these nasty books were pairing off back in the stockrooms like little paperback rabbits and churning out even more graphic offspring that make Ralph Ellison books cringe into a dusty corner.”

Copulating paperbacks aside, it’s clear that the street-lit debate is about more than literature, touching on questions of paternalism versus populism, and on middle-class anxieties about the black underclass. “It’s part and parcel of black elites’ efforts to define not only a literary tradition, but a racial politics,” said Kinohi Nishikawa, an assistant professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University. “There has always been a sense that because African-Americans’ opportunities to represent themselves are so limited in the first place, any hint of criminality or salaciousness would necessarily be a knock on the entire racial politics. One of the pressing debates about African-American literature today is: If we can’t include writers like Ashley & JaQuavis, to what extent is the foundation of our thinking about black literature faulty? Is it just a literature for elites? Or can it be inclusive, bringing urban fiction under the purview of our umbrella term ‘African-American literature’?”

Defenders of street lit note that the genre has a pedigree: a tradition of black pulp fiction that stretches from Chester Himes, the midcentury author of hardboiled Harlem detective stories, to the 1960s and ’70s “ghetto fiction” of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, to the current wave of urban fiction authors. Others argue for street lit as a social good, noting that it attracts a large audience that might otherwise never read at all. Scholars like Nishikawa link street lit to recent studies showing increased reading among African-Americans. A 2014 Pew Research Center report found that a greater percentage of black Americans are book readers than whites or Latinos.

For their part, the Colemans place their work in the broader black literary tradition. “You have Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, James Baldwin — all of these traditional black writers, who wrote about the struggles of racism, injustice, inequality,” says Ashley. “We’re writing about the struggle as it happens now. It’s just a different struggle. I’m telling my story. I’m telling the struggle of a black girl from Flint, Michigan, who grew up on welfare.”

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The Colemans in their new four-bedroom house in the northern suburbs of Detroit.Credit Courtesy of Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman

Perhaps there is a high-minded case to be made for street lit. But the virtues of Ashley & JaQuavis’s work are more basic. Their novels do lack literary polish. The writing is not graceful; there are passages of clunky exposition and sex scenes that induce guffaws and eye rolls. But the pleasure quotient is high. The books flaunt a garish brand of feminism, with women characters cast not just as vixens, but also as gangsters — cold-blooded killers, “murder mamas.” The stories are exceptionally well-plotted. “The Cartel” opens by introducing its hero, the crime boss Carter Diamond; on page 9, a gunshot spatters Diamond’s brain across the interior of a police cruiser. The book then flashes back seven years and begins to hurtle forward again — a bullet train, whizzing readers through shifting alliances, romantic entanglements and betrayals, kidnappings, shootouts with Haitian and Dominican gangsters, and a cliffhanger closing scene that leaves the novel’s heroine tied to a chair in a basement, gruesomely tortured to the edge of death. Ashley & JaQuavis’s books are not Ralph Ellison, certainly, but they build up quite a head of steam. They move.

The Colemans are moving themselves these days. They recently signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press, which will bring out the next installment in the “Cartel” series as well as new solo series by both writers. The St. Martin’s deal is both lucrative and legitimizing — a validation of Ashley and JaQuavis’s work by one of publishing’s most venerable houses. The Colemans’ ambitions have grown, as well. A recent trilogy, “Murderville,” tackles human trafficking and the blood-diamond industry in West Africa, with storylines that sweep from Sierra Leone to Mexico to Los Angeles. Increasingly, Ashley & JaQuavis are leaning on research — traveling to far-flung settings and hitting the books in the libraries — and spending less time mining their own rough-and-tumble past.

But Flint remains a source of inspiration. One evening not long ago, JaQuavis led me on a tour of his hometown: a popular roadside bar; the parking lot where he met the undercover cop for the ill-fated drug deal; Ashley’s old house, the site of his almost-arrest. He took me to a ramshackle vehicle repair shop on Flint’s west side, where he worked as a kid, washing cars. He showed me a bathroom at the rear of the garage, where, at age 12, he sneaked away to inspect the first “boulder” of crack that he ever sold. A spray-painted sign on the garage wall, which JaQuavis remembered from his time at the car wash, offered words of warning:

WHAT EVERY YOUNG MAN SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT USING A GUN:
MURDER . . . 30 Years
ARMED ROBBERY . . . 15 Years
ASSAULT . . . 15 Years
RAPE . . . 20 Years
POSSESSION . . . 5 Years
JACKING . . . 20 YEARS

“We still love Flint, Michigan,” JaQuavis says. “It’s so seedy, so treacherous. But there’s some heart in this city. This is where it all started, selling books out the box. In the days when we would get those little $40,000 advances, they’d send us a couple boxes of books for free. We would hit the streets to sell our books, right out of the car trunk. It was a hustle. It still is.”

One old neighborhood asset that the Colemans have not shaken off is swagger. “My wife is the best female writer in the game,” JaQuavis told me. “I believe I’m the best male writer in the game. I’m sleeping next to the best writer in the world. And she’s doing the same.”

 
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