Τετάρτη, 5 Σεπτεμβρίου 2007

Open Ed-Week 1

Open Ed-Week 1

In your opinion, is the "right to education" a basic human right? Why or why not?


The “right to education” is a basic human right and it can’t be separated from other “human rights”.When we talk about education and human rights we have to make clear what we mean when we say”education and what we mean and suppose with “human rights”.Let’s be more clear

There is a great difference between education and let us say “training”, in my own mother tongue (Greek) we have words that describe exactly both,unfortunately they can’t be translated.Education has to do with the “products of civilization”,the culture,traditions etch,training has to do with “I know to do something in the best possible way”.A very good scientist is not all the times educated.

In a conference of teachers, in Wales the participants read this text :

Dear teachers,

I survived from a nazi camp. My eyes saw situations (things) that nobody nevershould have to see.

I saw very well trained (educated?) nurses to kill children.

I saw chambers of gasses, made by well trained engineers.

I saw very well trained doctors to poison children

I saw graduated of Universities to throw women and children in the fire

I saw these all and I am distrustful for education.

I ask only one thing from educators(teachers), to help their students to be true human beings.THE RESULTS OF THEIR ATTEMPTS MUST NOT BE“EDUCATED MONSTERS”.

A great Greek philosopher said“every kind of education, separated from merit, looks like cunning and not wisdom”.

As about human rights they can’t be separated from PURE DEMOCRACY and the opposite.


In your opinion, is open *access* to free, high-quality educational opportunity sufficient, or is it necessary to *mandate* education through a certain age or level?


Education is a personal right for everyone.In our constitution nine years school education is compalsary,but the main question is what can we do to help all children have education.

Education has to be given to everyone,having nothing to do with learning and other disabilities. Everyone has special abilities and is capaple to take some kind of education

In Greece all levels of education and books are free.

Open *access*to free, high -quality educational opportunity is sufficient to the ones who can have access in democracies and civilized countries, having respect to the rights of children(not allowed work for children by law) and lifelong learning for everyone. In every age everyone can learn, but we have not to ignore that nobody can learn certain things after a certain age, if they have not a previous experience and knowledge. Unfortunately? some kinds of knowledge are “luxury”

It is obvious that real Education makes people think. The most citizens(and not idiots)are thinking the most free (liberated) they are.