Editorial: The deconstruction of education
Although in theory everyone recognizes that education is the greatest investment for the country’s future, in practice they do all…
Although in theory everyone recognizes that education is the greatest investment for the country’s future, in practice they do all they can to undermine it. Without any discussion or a bare-minimum consensus, the government has rushed to take down a series of reforms that had been introduced in recent times, for the first time with a broad parliamentary support.
Changers that were not properly implemented and reviewed are being overturned so that we may return to the 1980s, which may have worked well when implemented appropriately, but today, after decades it is outdated and inefficient.
Without any preparation or discussion, demonstrably successful institutions such as the experimental and model schools are being removed because they do not comply with the obsessions of the ministers in charge of education. The same thing has happened with the university councils and the rector elections, so that we may return to the partisanship that has caused so many problems in education. International experience is being totally erased and even electronic voting is being abolished, so that organized minorities can enforce their will.
Rather than look into what is going on in top foreign universities, instead of hearing out dozens of Greek scientists who are teaching in top institutions around the world, the government has decided to adopt the most anachronistic and failed model that has ever existed, in order to… change education.
With express procedures and no room for discussion, despite the opposition of a significant section of the academic community or even public opinion, as the polls suggest, the government and the education ministers in particular, rather than solving problems, are preparing to create even bigger ones. If there is still time and anyone sane in the government and parliamentary majority, they must put an end to the deconstruction plans…