Brussels, 13 June 2018
ECSWE position on school funding taken up
European Parliament resolution calls for better funding of independent schools and educational choice
On 12th June 2018, the European Parliament adopted its resolution on the “Modernisation of Education in the EU”. The report covers important topics such as freedom in education, diversity in assessment and media education that ECSWE has worked on for many years. While the document is not binding for Member States or the European Commission, it can become a valuable political tool for both European level and national level advocacy.
What did we demand? ECSWE’s advocacy work mainly focused on the school education chapter and covered the following demands:
- With regards to freedom in education, we lobbied for the right to establish schools based on different pedagogical approaches, the right of parental school choice, adequate funding of independent non-profit schools and the idea of freedom of curriculum.
- With regards to diversity in assessment, we promoted more formative and personalised forms of assessment and highlighted the negative effects of standardised tests on teaching and learning.
- With regards to age-appropriate media education we highlighted that a meaningful use of digital technology in education requires a solid foundation in basic and social skills and the ability to think critically.
What is in it for the Waldorf movement? ECSWE’s lobby work was a success as many of our ideas were taken up. Several passages cover our three focus topics freedom in education, diversity in assessment and media education. One key achievement is a paragraph establishing the right to freedom of educational choice that calls for public school funding for independent non-profit schools. Other paragraphs include the notions of age- and development appropriate media education, more autonomy for schools regarding curricula and diversity in assessment.