ANALYSIS OF COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVES ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF IDEAL EDUCATION FOR INTEGRATED ISLAMIC SCHOOLS AND INTEGRATED ISLAMIC ELEMENTARY-BOARDING SCHOOLS
The objective of this study was to investigate the community’s perspective on the implementation of ideal education at the Integrated Islamic School (SIT) Al-Uswah and the Integrated Islamic Elementary-Boarding School (SDI) Al-Mujtama’Pamekasan in Madura, Indonesia. This study employed a qualitative descriptive method with a multi-site approach. Data were collected through interviews, observation, and documentation. Data analysis consisted of data reduction, data presentation, and conclusion drawing/verification. The study revealed that the community’s perspective on ideal education was beginning to erode because most people graduated from educational institutions that failed to develop religious and moral ideals in students. However, the people believed that by pursuing education in a religion-based school, their children can achieve success in this world and in the here after. They also agreed that religion-based education in Islamic schools and Islamic boarding schools can instill religious values in children, create an Islamic learning environment, control children’s behavior, create a more meaningful learning experience, improve the children’s behavior and communication patterns, and teach them how to dress appropriately and solve problems effectively. The results of this study imply that religion-based education and enrolment in Islamic boarding schools can serve as an alternative educational option for the community.