A review on the Dutch school system
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A review on the Dutch school system It all begins from the moment you are going to secondary school. Here you will start to prepare for your future career. However, since you are young there are so many things you could do and maybe want to do. Not only school of course. Traveling, media and all kinds of subcultures influence your character and thus also your future. Still, decisions will have to be made at this age, at least in the current system. Since I have experienced troubles with this system, I decided to discus this early choice and I have asked myself the question if it this system is not outdated. So what does the current secondary school program look like? In the first year you are all in the same class independent of your educational level. The second year you are being divided in levels based on your first year and in the third year the time has come to make your own choice as to in which educational direction you want to continue. ...read more.
Therefore this transfer is not easy to do. Using the level you did on secondary school you can go to college. With VMBO you do MBO education, HAVO prepared you for HBO and VWO is a preparation for University. Once you have made a choice within these colleges it is surprisingly easy compared to switching at secondary school. If you think you made the wrong choice you can quit and switch to another direction. For example, it is rather easy to change from law school to history or from physics to chemistry. It is of course harder to change from a cultural study to a more technical study or the other way around. A switch is even possible when you are an adult and already got a career. There are so many opportunities to learn a profession within a short amount of time such as a separate courses or evening college. ...read more.
Therefore these kinds of cultural aspects are of great importance for education. The system is of a time that when your father was a baker you would become a baker. Now the career choices have grown and changed so the profile system should be expanded and changed too. At the age of 15, which is the age at which most students have to decide which track they will follow, you are not able to make a this choice for life. However, this 'choice for life' does not seem to be so final nowadays. In the current society the switch between jobs is easy and people are required to have a flexible attitude. Media and one's cultural background certainly contribute to this attitude. In secondary school this flexibility is not yet found. It might therefore be a good idea to start exploring new educational systems and get rid of the current, outdated one. Newspaper Sources: Volkskrant: http://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/article1104096.ece/We_verspelen_talent_door_te_vroege_selectie door Bart Dirks en Martin Sommer Trouw: http://www.trouw.nl/onderwijs/nieuws/voortgezet-onderwijs/article2018688.ece/Jongeren_moeten_te_vroeg_keuzes_maken.html door Jorgen Caris ...read more.
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