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(en) Greece, ESE: Strike April 12 - On the road along with students and students against an even more class lyceum [machine translation]

Date Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:34:01 +0300

It is amazing how the present government in all areas distorts the meaning of words. The reform of the Lyceum, and especially of its last class, to "rationalize" is a prime example. ---- The third grade is explicitly designated as a preparation class - or better training - for final exams. With incredible cynicism, the left-wing government abolishes an entire class of general education from high school. While today's non-Hellenic courses, which are degraded by the exam-centric system, can contribute to the cultivation and political formation of pupils, in the New Lyceum, course lessons, which have utilitarian value, are leading the timetable. With the Greek exception of the religious ones, which survive, in a curriculum that considers the lesson of History, Biology or Informatics unnecessary. This aspect of the reform is just funny.
With the monopoly of the program from the Orientation lessons, the whole year will be a marathon, with the exam. And whoever endures. Besides, this is also an objective. Educational policy makers inside and outside the border consider that in Greece the percentage of pupils attending general high school is very high compared to those who are oriented towards vocational training. And to change that, the high school must be difficult for most children.
This direction, the creation of a clear class general high school, also serves the change in the in-school examinations leading to the high school diploma. With exams being conducted at the school level, with draws, with supervisors and correctors from other schools, it is a brake on the ability of all children to obtain a high school diploma. Very soon many children choose not to attend a general high school and turn to deliberately degraded vocational schools and post-secondary training, creating an army of young, almost unpaid workers through apprenticeship and internship.
The change in the way to obtain a baccalaureate is ideologically supported by invoking the left-true truth! - the principle of meritocracy. Meritocracy requires that no one is required to work for an unskilled worker, because only one has access to it only with the high school diploma. This society, in which work is perceived as a privilege and not as a right, is a wonderful truth. Another point is the inexperienced teachers of public schools that we promote to the classes and eventually we give a certificate to all children, even to children with disabilities, special educational needs, particularities in behavior, or simply to students and students who are unable or refuse to respond the demands of sterile high school academy.
The government has managed to overcome another long-standing demand of the educational movement, that of free access. Establishing free access to higher education institutions, calls on students early to moderate their expectations and decide not to go into the Pan-Hellenic Exam. Rather, they ask them to admit their position in the social pyramid by directing them to less demanding schools, regardless of whether they meet their interests. Over time, privileged people have free and easy access to schools that really care about them - with the reward, both inside and outside borders. Free access sections are transformed into the poor relative of higher education, with supply and demand criteria.
Finally, do we want nothing to change?
None of us claims that things should be left unchanged. It is necessary for the Lyceum to be disconnected from the embarrassment of entrance examinations in Tertiary education. But to make this possible, there is only one requirement. Abolition of the entrance examination. The really free access to Higher Education. This is, in fact, the only condition for the abolition of the impassivity and the class barriers, which also highlights the education of children. As long as the criterion of admission to a university faculty is not your interest in the subject, but how much more capable than your neighbor is to respond to an endless series of evaluation processes, the paradise will not only be reduced, but rather enlarged, as much as possible the hours of orientation courses.
To acquire high school, its educational role needs to open the way for students to science and social and political formation. It needs to give students the right to choose, but a choice that is related to their interests, not to the devastating competition between them for a post at the university. We want a creative school that allows children to discover their potential, experiment and become acquainted with themselves, without being asked to evaluate them for it. We want a school without evaluation, without penalties and praise, where student-student relationships between students will be free of rejection and competition. We want a school open to society, not to the priests, mayors and corporations. We want a school liberated from state control, but not self-financing on market terms, not an "autonomous school unit" under the terms of neoliberal restructuring. We want a school run by the Teachers' Club and the pupils, not the manager managers with ever-expanding powers. We want a school for all children that marries theory with practice, which does not degrade manual labor and does not raise class barriers in education. We want school to be universal, neither "general" nor "professional". We want a school that cultivates children's aesthetics and morality, competing with the capitalist logic of "each for himself", embracing children with the values of companionship, justice and solidarity.
That's why we stand against every educational reform that is dictated by the reactive aspirations of the neo-liberal, sovereign order. Together with students and parents, they will find us in front of them.
For a school of solidarity, freedom, dignity
We participate in the strike-support of the local ELMEs
Eleftherial Trade Union Union - Diaconal of Athens (education sector)
Eleftherian Union of Teachers of Thessaloniki
Eleftherial Union of Educational Associations of Rethymno

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