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(en) Polannd, WORKERS' INITIATIVE: Quality, mediocrity, bottom [machine translation]

Date Sun, 27 Oct 2019 07:53:35 +0200

The article appeared in the 52 issue of the Employee Initiative Bulletin ---- I am a great supporter of good public education. In my opinion, this is the only way to counteract the segregation of society, the best way to maintain unity, shape civic attitudes, and the only right way to prevent social revolts resulting from the impossibility of social advancement and the inevitable emergence of this ghetto. ---- When asked about where Polish public education is located, part of society chose a matching word for title. For the oriented, at best, the middle one! Minister Dworczyk sends his children to a private school, just like Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and earlier the head of the Ministry of National Education, Joanna Kluzik-Roztkowska. When it comes to educating their own children, politicians from all sides seem to have similar views ... Not comforting for a mere mortal.

Who has not yet figured out? Daily bread eaters, residents of unguarded estates, "squares cleaners, hostages of a better future". Tired of bustle from work to work Kowalscy and Wisniewscy, transporting children from kindergarten to grandmother, from school to training and tutoring (whose often the only goal is doing homework at school and rewriting the material from the core curriculum, sometimes calming parental conscience that since I do not have time I will pay extra for education for my Janek or Brajanka).

The public school stops teaching and begins to take care of functions. Children go to school to spend time safely (and it will change) until their parents return from work.
In the ocean of common schools, in which the principal is worried about filling "anybody" positions leaving mathematicians or English teachers, he does not mention physicists (he saw the last one ten years ago, he regrets that he did not take a picture to this day - he would have something to show off at headmasters) schools are emerging - islands! Exclusive, selected schools, teaching seriously, without pretending, without bullshit. In them physics - attention! - teaches physicist after master's studies, English - English and IT - let's tell the truth! - a good mathematician with a computer science graduate. It used to be the norm. Today, such schools are unicorns between our dying badies.

The one who would think that they are only private schools would be wrong. It is worse - more and more often they are public schools, most often in good rich neighborhoods. Local government officials feel the power and expectations of inhabiting them, usually very conscious, voters. Increase directors' pool for teacher allowances. It facilitates shaping the personnel policy. If in a small provincial town the (de) incentive supplement amounts to 5% (PLN 80 - 170) of the basic salary, then in a good, rich city it starts at 30%. No one needs to be explained which school will keep a good professional. The age of "equal opportunities" is ending. Capable Anie and Julki, Michal and Mikolaj, who were not lucky enough to live in Caringtonów or Wilanów, will be condemned to mediocrity of school existence among employees with the mission of making ends meet,

I would like to achieve a rapid and spectacular achievement of the bottom of Polish education, maybe then it would be easier to bounce back, certainly it's better than being stuck in the hopelessness of mediocrity.

Beata Kowalska / KMZ Education Sector of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship

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