EDITORIAL

A plea for synthesis

The Constitutional Court’s referendum invalidation verdict amplifies, instead of easing, the conflict over the legitimacy of the incumbent president of Romania, and that despite the country’s basic interest calling for a cohabitation of the legislative and the executive power with the reinstated president and the party backing him. Only that, given the current circumstances, even the word cohabitation takes on a contradictory meaning , as political bargains are no longer enough in the current situation. Involutions of almost catastrophic proportions are seen in almost all the fields, and their chief cause is neither the drought nor the collapse of investments, but the political war in Romania. The so-called “state coup” which both the power and the opposition blame the other for has turned into a political war.
Could this stage be overcome by some genuine cohabitation?
Yes, obviously, yet on condition the cohabitation would not mean taking turns in accepting the opponent’s opinion but by instating a synthesis, a stage where the issues are understood and the problems solved in a concept superior to that advocated by each belligerent. This means that the synthesis imperative demands that each political party involved overcome the confines of its egocentric view and look beyond own interests as well. This is Romania’s first and foremost strategic goal whose lack will be rolled over at the expense of the future.
The Romanian education system distinctly highlights this basic truth. The growing debates in the run-up to the beginning of the school year shows that while all political groupings wish the education system were reformed, they prove unable to cooperate to make it happen. And that exactly in a field that cannot prosper without synthesis, and not in this country alone, as a genuine science of knowledge is the main strategic goal of the European Union. Therefore, a broadened scientific knowledge and action, with jobs predominantly occupied by university graduates, with the profit source transferred from the sphere of acquiring physical assets to that of knowledge production (intellectual capital). The education and training process therefore is an absolute priority in any society, given its being the most profitable medium and long term investment.
Under such circumstances, it is clear that the development gaps between world nations will grow wider or smaller depending on the education investments made by each country. This is exactly how under-development stages could be burned so that globalization could turn into an incentive process, a creative leap for every partner. This is a unique historic chance each nation has o capitalize on the way it is aware of it to begin with.
Romania has an ambiguous prospect in this respect, exactly due to the controversies that hinder the governments’, “good intentions”, which nip many promising projects in the bud from the lack in synthetic ability shown by government officials. Each of the many education ministers this country has had  expressed their ambition to modernize the Romanians school, and each of them aimed to do it in their own way, by erasing the heritage of their predecessors, which in turn politicized education and left no room for synthesis. Even the recently passed education Law not by legislative debate but assumed by Boc government, suffers from an exclusivity that enhances its contradictions.
This is why the majority of teachers, professors, students, pupils and parents don’t find themselves represented in many of the law’s stipulations. Instead of an integrating, complementary perspective, the legislative vision opted for a “specific original” refusing synthesis and cultivating discrimination. The 9th grade becoming part of the junior instead of the senior high school  system had the flawed motivation that junior high school graduates aged 16 could get a job, a premise cancelled out by their having no professional skills whatsoever. This is exactly why the 9th grade will again be part of the senior high school system starting with the school year 2012-2013. There is still a desiderate of the schools of arts and trades being set up.
It is also discrimination to gain ground if the teaching staff will be selected and hired by the school director, as such “selection” would cultivate the culture of cronyism and nepotism of the lowest level, as the chaotic decentralization left the school director at the mercy of the locally elected mayors. Irrespective of its shortcomings, the teaching post contest is still much more recommended than some strictly selective criteria for employing teaching staff. Its inadequacies should be improved and disbandment is no solution. Since a system’s creative virtues are always superior to isolated, incongruent and discriminating initiatives. It is no mere chance that the partisans of secessionist regions are exulting amid such chaotic decentralization.
The advocates and opponents of each of the education ministers hold the view that the school planning and curriculum are bloated which makes pupils memorize excessive information. Yet none of the camps does not solve the issue as long as their solution is to eliminate some lessons, chapters or even school disciplines. Cultivating an inter-disciplinary synthesis would be the optimum solution, as it will make memorizing and reasoning complementary and not antagonistic. Unfortunately, such exclusivist stances are also found in the demand for the teacher to become like a computer, another mistake, as they forget that truths are rooted in judgment and not mere ascertaining and mechanical memorization.

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