European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2015

European Education, Jan 27, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is the report (23 page PDF) summarizing the results of this conference held in October. It reflects some of the tensions inherent in developing an education strategy in a multi-stakeholder environment. I'm not just referring to nations and nationalities. Consider the tension between this: "promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination" and this: "we must ensure that the right skills are developed and delivered to match the needs of the current labour market." Are students fully functional and autonomous citizens, or are they products to be delivered? The report also addresses the increase in non-formal education and the need to develop policy more collaboratively and inclusively. And there is an undercurrent of thought relating the role of education with respect to both radicalism and the recent refugee crisis. There are good summaries of each of the talks, some of which would have been well worth attending, such as the presentation by C. Mitja Jermol of Slovenia.

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