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27.10.2015 | Von:
Alicja Pacewicz

Challenges: Poland

Challenges to face

Apart from the concentration of the school around the exams, deficiencies in school democracy and project based learning or discouraging image of politics in the media, there are still several challenges left. First of all, what our schools lack is a systematic anti-discrimination education. There exist isolated programmes and teachers involved in education for equality, but such activities are not sufficiently supported by the Ministry of Education and the entire training, monitoring and school evaluation system (Gawlicz et al., 2015) Training teachers remains a serious challenge. They need ongoing methodological support, which the system does not provide, and opportunities for training offered by NGOs do not satisfy even a tiny fraction of these needs. Most teachers are afraid of raising controversial issues, they are not prepared to moderate student debates, many of them are not modelling authentic civil engagement. One of the reasons behind such a state of affairs is the fear of taking a stand in a major ideological disputes which exist in Poland (and in Europe in general), which can be briefly summarised as follows: *national vs. civic model of public life, *neoliberal vs. social democratic model of the state and economy, *patriarchal values versus more progressive models of society. CE which does not confront young people with such dilemmas and conflicts of values does not help them to make sense of the political world or redefine it in their own way. Without the renewed model of CE it might be difficult to counteract the “democratic fatigue” and participatory deficit of the growing numbers of young (and adult) Poles who feel disconnected from modern democratic Poland and Europe.

Country Profile: Poland


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