Denmark’s most important raw material

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»Education is Denmark’s most important raw material. We must constantly improve our skills so that we can cope with international developments. Quality, consideration and skill are our best asset. Also in the future. “

Imagine – this is what a Social Democratic prime minister once said, more precisely in 1999. That was before the party became elite frightened, and there were visions in the party’s policy that went beyond just satisfying the narrow and short-term interests of the core voters to secure themselves. re-election.

So what does the party do today with the ‘raw materials’ in the field of education? Yes, in order for Mr. and Mrs. Tile out in the province to see how effective the politicians are, you quickly shut off education in the big cities to open some new ones outside the so-called big cities – and wupti, you solved the centralization problems of structural reform , and Jytte and Jørgen from the tile table can be happy that their city has now, in addition to the pizzeria, the hairdresser and the OK tank, also got a department from the University of Copenhagen…

Could the fragmentation of universities and other educational establishments possibly go beyond the research quality that ensures that the education they provide to students is good? Yes of course. But scientists, university teachers, and other elite types are not core voters, so don’t worry about it.

Could it be that the young people, while they are studying, would like to get away from home, live close to other young people, have the opportunity to find a relevant student job and, in general, have a good life during and next to their studies, as they themselves define it? Yes, it could well.

But is it important for the Minister of Education and Research, who in the latest admission figures from 2020 has seen that, despite already extra education places created outside the major cities, practically no one is looking for them as a first priority?

No – because very few of the young people vote for her or her party, so don’t worry about them. The important thing for her is – in a country where no one has more than two hours drive to one of the traditional education cities – to have educational places spread all over the country, or at least to those parts of the province where you have core voters who can clap in the hands. And when the young people themselves do not want to, we must force them by closing and moving existing educational places.

In addition to ensuring Jytte and Jørgen’s approving voices, it is really difficult to see the visionary in relaxing research quality and creating poorer educations as well as hindering young people’s free choice. What is Denmark’s most important raw material today is difficult to say, but quality, skill and consideration no longer seem to be the answer.

Anders Hjortshøj, Værløse

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