For years, Polish schools have been troubled by numerous ambitious reforms. Some have helped, while the effects of some – such as the schoolbook reform of 2014 – may prove catastrophic. Now may be the last moment to introduce truly reasonable changes – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– I am terrified by hasty changes, often introduced impulsively or to satisfy short-term political needs. I had a similar impression when middle schools (gimnazjum) were introduced. Was it necessary? There were as many supporters of this idea, as there were detractors. After some time, everyone got accustomed to them and they were no longer controversial. It seemed that a calm time would start for Polish schools – he assesses.
– Sadly, the impulse to reform is still motivating officials. The need to change intensified, leading to an eruption of minor, but often very annoying concepts. Let the problems caused by constant changes in the basis if the school program serve as an example – he adds.
As the President of Employers of Poland reminds, when the media focused on the inconsistent education policy, a hastily established crisis team shifted all blame to publishing houses. – This is a tried and tested method: the communists always targeted economic speculation when the economy was in trouble – Malinowski points out.
The Ministry of Education introduced a single book for some age groups. This led to financial problems or bankruptcies of some publishing houses and retailers specializing in schoolbooks. – What mattered was projecting an image of success in the media. Meanwhile, reviewers criticize the book claiming that it is poorly written, that it is hard to learn from, that it lowers the level of education and facilitates dividing students into more and less gifted. Why? Because it is intended for average students and leaves no room to grow for the more talented – stresses the President of Employers of Poland.'
– One can only hope that someone recognizes the nonsense of the current situation and changes it for the better. It really will not take much. Introducing a subsidy system for diverse schoolbooks and leaving the choice to teachers would suffice. Let us do it for the good of future generations – concludes Malinowski.