/ History lessons no more in Poland (Tusk's change)
At the age of 17-19 years, the young minds begin to open up to more serious issues of political nature: civic responsibility, national loyalty and betrayal, and it is time when you start talking to them about difficult issues, at this age they will be able to better understand the complexity of history – but they will not have history lessons at this age any more.
For most young Poles picture of the history will have to be stopped at an infantile level.
Future engineers, doctors, scientists, even lawyers will have a knowledge of history at the level of a child.
These days to enter to the faculty of law it is not required to pass history even on the basic level , the future holder of the Master Degree in Law will be half illiterate .
Before the reforms in the high school in the basic version there were 240 hours of history throughout 4 year cycle. Currently it is 60 hours.
They seem trivial to me, in this context, disputes over The Museum - European House, which is to be built in Brussels. A couple, maybe a few dozen spectators from across Europe, will have the opportunity to see the Battle of Grunwald, or about the partitions. Will you see there any other Polish names outside of Lech Walesa and a woman in the seventeenth century, burned at the stake (the symbol of Polish intolerance)????
European history is full of such cases, but why was it chosen as a Polish example? Only some technocrats from EU might know, probably trying to hide these dark ages reality and shed it on other less affluent countries .Thanks to this trick in years to come, young students will find out that only Poland burned people on the stakes. Ufff…….that`s beyond my comprehension.
Without a new generation of educated Poles, this empty space which will remain after washing out the history from high schools will be filled in by simplistic thinking. There will be a very fertile field, for speculations such as theories of conspiracy. The mind left without historical background will go through a disturbing trail of suspicions.
Were there any historians among these reformers - a President of the Polish Historical Society, and maybe the chairman of the Committee of Historical Sciences, or Dean of the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University? Professors - Chwalba, Paczkowski, Samsonowicz, Tazbir, No ………….it does not matter.
It is important that it was “a 100 people “commission!!!!! This figure validates their competence. So this was important. And it is financed, with very specifically indicated sources: the European Social Fund.
Polish Ministry of Education already is too poor to finance work on the same subject.
But the “future assistance” will be received and the work has been completed.
The “ future assistance “ to erase national unity , identity , civic responsibility and national loyalty, aiming the straight way to create gray masses without their own views , easy to control .