Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

EDK: Once let them off the leash!

The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) seems more and more to act as a body out of touch with reality from the canton’s sovereignty in the educational system without democratic supervision. Attempts to exert political pressure against scientists are the last example in a long series. In connection with the controversial project Curriculum 21, the cartel conceals the fact that with the mysterious competence orientation and the constructivist “self-directed learning”, the most radical system change in the history of the elementary school is going to abolish the qualified teacher as well as the tried and tested whole class teaching. Already in the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” from 13.8.2013 attention was drawn to the dark plans of the EDK bypassing the people: “Warning is given to a state re-education plan that takes the form of a ‘modern’ curriculum.” Contrary to EDK’s constant claims, they did not vote on Curriculum 21 with the Education Article from 2006. The legal basis of Curriculum 21 is a simple administrative agreement of the EDK of 2010 which de facto could circumvent the cantonal parliaments. It is an alarm signal when renowned scientists such as Simone Pfenninger leave Switzerland. The successful Swiss education system must not be buried secretly by means of bypassing the people!

Peter Aebersold, Zurich

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