Education should celebrate diversity

“But in my own experience of being educated in the Netherlands, that is not currently the case.”

Susan Curvers
23 October 2016

I think that education, in order to contribute to democracy, should celebrate diversity. However, in my own experience of being educated in the Netherlands, that is not currently the case.

Flickr/Hans Griep. Some rights reserved.

Flickr/Hans Griep. Some rights reserved.Even though I grew up in a multi-cultural city, I was educated in a predominantly white school. Through early selection at the age of 12, I was put in a class for students to prepare them for academic education. From age 14, we even had our own building. After that I went straight to university and now, at the end of my studies, I realize I almost exclusively cross paths with people who are also academically educated.

Our societies are more and more segregated.

At the same time, I see that our societies are more and more segregated. And we seem to lack understanding of the different experiences people have growing up, studying, working and living in these societies. With the Democracy in Europe Movement, I am trying to bring together all sorts of people to discuss matters of common concern and take action. I would like to celebrate diversity with you.

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