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Pre-Election Super Debate: Politics vs. Education

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 14, 2017, 16:00 – 18:00

In terms of the popularity of school with children, we come last in international comparisons alongside the drill-focused South Korea. The labour market is developing extremely rapidly and demand for many professions is on the wane. Average occupation of the post of Czech minister of education has to date been for 1.5 years and many believe there is a complete absence of a long-term development strategy.

How do the democratic parties wish to reflect that reality following elections to the Chamber of Deputies? Is education nothing but a trumpeted pre-election priority yet again?

The debate aims to find agreement across the political spectrum on what direction education in the CR ought to take. Politicians have been invited from ANO, the Communist Party, the Social Democrats, the Civic Democrats, the Christian Democrats and TOP 09, along with representatives of the Pirate Party, SPD, the Greens and 5% for Education.

The debate is organised by the Czech High School Students Union and the Václav Havel Library. Bob Kartous of EDUin will moderate.

The debate is primarily intended for secondary school students and teachers but is also open to other members of the public. Entrance is free following registration.

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Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington

„We are still a long way from that „family of man;“ in fact, we seem to be receding from the ideal rather than drawing closer to it. Interests of all kinds: personal, selfish, state, national, group and, if you like, company interests still considerably outweigh genuinely common and global interests. We are still under the sway of the destructive and thoroughly vain belief that man is the pinnacle of creation, and not just a part of it, and that therefore everything is permitted. There are still many who say they are concerdend not for themselves but for the cause, while they are demonstrably out for themselves and not for the cause at all. We are still destroying the planet that was entrusted to us, and its environment. We still close our eyes to the growing social, ethnic and cultural conflicts in the world. From time to time we say that the anonymous megamachinery we have created for ourselves no longer serves us but rather has enslaved us, yet we still fail to do anything about it.“

Václav Havel:
Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington, February 21, 1990

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