Citizenship and digital literacy should be included in the curriculum for Dutch students, concludes the Curriculum.nu committee after two years of research. The advisory committee, including school principals and teachers, on Thursday handed over its proposals to education minister Arie Slob.
In addition, teaching programs at primary and secondary schools must be better aligned to reduce the chance of a knowledge gap between students. The committee describes a year-long plan to implement changes, so that schools have plenty of time to prepare.
No specific teaching materials were disclosed. In conversation with de Volkskrant , chairman Theo Douma of Curriculum.nu says that it was also not the commission's task to go "in great detail".
There is, however, some explanation of the recommendations regarding digital literacy and citizenship. The latter course would deal with basic values in a democratic society that are not dealt with in history and social studies. In digital literacy, for example, young people learn computer and information skills.
Education Minister Arie Slob (Photo: Pro Shots)
Politicians are now going to consider the proposals
Slob emphasizes in his letter to Parliament on Thursday that these are proposals that still need to be examined, after which a test phase starts before they are implemented at all. The minister must first come up with a substantive proposal himself, so that the House can consider it.
Nevertheless, there is already some criticism of the committee's plans. For example, the plans would be "too vague," while teachers fear more workload, NOS writes .
An agreement from the coalition agreement, singing the Wilhelmus, is not included in the advice. Slob does not elaborate on this in his Letter to Parliament.
The compulsory curriculum for Dutch students has not been adjusted for more than ten years and employees in education have been calling for a long time to reassess "outdated" teaching material.
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