60 Ideas for Europe

Teaching Europe

The EU should ensure that part of each country’s national curriculum, in both schools and universities, requires a section on Democracy and European Citizenship, to ensure a greater
understanding of the EU, its history, and its opportunities.

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  1. I could not agree more !
    Together with 9 other Teacher Education institutions in Europe, we have carried out a Comenius 2.1 project to promote European Citizenship Education in initial teacher training. A book (Learning to Teach Europe, ISBN 978-963-7294-62-4) and a website (http://www.istepec.eu) propose articles and activity sheets to help teacher trainers and teachers to introduce European citizenship education in their courses.

  2. I am a political liberal. I don’t want political interests to determine that propaganda for a cause I support gets spread. The call for interference in school and university curricula reflects an anti-liberal attitude towards education.

    In Germany competence for school curricula rests upon the individual länder governments (de facto some teacher WGs of the ministries of education) and the Federal government may not interfere here for good reasons. Same should apply as well for one level higher: Europe. Education is local level competence.

    And in Germany we safeguard freedom of science and teaching in the University context.

    So your proposal is basically unconstitutional in Germany and there are good liberal principles behind that elementary free-democratic basic order I defend here.

    Think about your premises.

  3. Even if I’m totally pro-european, I couldn’t agree less.

    You really have to pay attention and separate education and propaganda.

    The call for mandatory learning reminds me of soviet universities and mandatory marxism-leninism classess.

    I’d better suggest help developping European Studies student associations who could easiky organise seminars and trainings for people interested, as well as promote european values.

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