Teachers not so positive about school reforms

While parents are feeling upbeat, teachers are not convinced

August 4th, 2014 1:27 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Parents are beginning to come around to the ideas contained in the latest school reforms, according to a poll released yesterday by Jyllands-Posten. Teachers, however, remain sceptical about the changes.

“Not a single extra penny has been allotted to the schools for the extra teaching hours these reforms create,” Anders Bondo Christensen, head of the Danish teacher’s union told DR Nyheder. “If you are teaching 29 classes with only 3 or 4 hours allotted for preparation, it is hard to see the new and exciting collaboration between teaching and the workplace that these reforms are supposed to create.”

Christensen’s response is in contrast with the results of a recent poll, showing just one in five parents now take a negative view of the public school reforms coming into effect this coming school year. Over half of the parents surveyed said that the longer school day was a positive rather than a negative. Christensen disagreed.

“We know with great certainty that more hours does not create better students,” he countered. “It is first and foremost the quality of education that is essential.”

Christensen said that the “politicians” that created the reforms had not concerned themselves with quality, just quantity, and that parents would change their minds once the realities of the reforms became apparent.

(photo: Buster film festival facebook page)
Just 15kr a ticket: You better believe it, Buster!
Buster Film Festival Sep 14 - 27; tickets from 15kr; buster.dk Featur...
SEA-Mate Blend-on-Board could turn into a goldmine for Maersk (photo: Maersk)
Maersk to commercialise successful invention
The Danish shipping giant Maersk has enjoyed so much success with its new t...
All smiles because the check was in the mail (photo: McZusatz)
New workers in Denmark to get holiday pay
If a government panel set up to make changes to holiday pay legislation has...
Heathens need not apply (photo: Thue)
Priests refusing to bury non-church members
More and more folkekirken priests are refusing to hold funeral services for...
Ellemann hopes the initiative will kick-start some growth (photo: Johannes Jansson)
Municipalities gain access to billions in development funds
The social and internal affairs minister, Karen Ellemann, has revealed that...
Round goby on rye, anyone? (photo: Peter van der Sluijs)
Danish waters getting fishier
Marine biologists are happily reporting that tuna, which hasn’t been seen...