To prepare children for their future, schools should teach English from a very young age. This is one of the recommendations from the ‘Platform Onderwijs 2032′, the Platform Education 2032. The state secretary for education created the platform to establish what skills schools have to teach children.
The chairman of the platform, Paul Schnabel, presented the results to the government today. The most important advise that the platform has, is that schools have to teach children to be vaardig, waardig en aardig, meaning they have to be skilled, worthy and kind, to themselves and to others.
English and digital skills should be included in school programs at a much earlier age, the platform states. Besides that, children should hear more about citizenship. Social skills, respect for other people, knowledge of the rules of law and of the culturally diverse society are part of that.
The recommendations match the more international approach universities have and minister Bussemaker’s wish to emphasize citizenship and bildung in higher education.
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