Education and social mobility – knowledge-based society is the key to progress

In the 21st century the ongoing information technology revolution changes the nature of working. Even the specialized workers need increasingly computer skills and the ability to adapt to new technological environments. in the meantime there is a growing gap between the richest and the increasing number of poor people. One of the most important task for a government nowadays is to make education accessible for all, and to provide social support for the people who have no means for pursuing studies. In Hungary, the current processes show unfortunately in the opposite direction. The government lowered the age of compulsory education from 18 years to 16 ys, thus a growing number of young people drop out from the educational system without any qualification and also without the capability to study further at any later time in life. The public work program of the Hungarian government created a catch 22 situation. The payment for it is too small for providing the living, but big enough for the parents in the poor countryside regions that they let their children do it. But it is a dead-end way, statistics show that very small percentage of public workers can move over to the real job market due to the lack of efficient training programs and in most of the cases useless tasks during the public work. it even contributes to the revival of a kind of feudalistic structure where local leaders can abuse the system of public work, and even maintain their political support with threatening of taking away even this “opportunity”. We have to change it. Education, be it public or higher level has to become the focus of a future government. Autonomy should be given back to the public schools, and universities. Without educational freedom and autonomy of academic research there is no long term development. In order to be able to compete globally, the European Union could set up basic standards of education that the member states should apply. I know that currently education is handled mostly by the member states, but if we can set minimum quality standards for agricultural products, why not to do it in a different field, as well? If we want a Europe with more cohesion, we have to harmonize our attitudes towards education, and to intensify exchange programs. Europe has a great source of best practices, we should adapt them to allow our continent to become a competent, and also sustainable global actor, and to reach more equality among its citizens.
1 year, 3 months ago in FOR A UNITED SOCIAL EUROPE
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We need to fight unequalities and support social mobility. Currently the Hungarian government supports the richer layers of society and doesn't care for the ever growing number of people in need. The changes they made in the educational system favors further segregation of the society, and puts greater hurdles to social mobility for the poorer strata. It is the one of the most important fields where changing policy is urgently required.

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A particularity of the European integration project, kickstarted in the 1950s is that, unlike any other project before this, at its core does not have a shared political or ethnic identity, but rather shared values. While the union of the USA was started out of a shared ethnic and political history, the European Union started as a union of values. European countries decided to get close together on the basis of the same values we all share. With time, the European model differentiated itself from the American one: universal healthcare, gun control, accessible education also at the university level are only some of the differences. These were all initiated by the deep belief in social equality and other social values that constituted the basis of the social-democratic movement around Europe. Nowadays these are so deeply rooted in our system and culture that no political party would attempt to undermine them. Nevertheless the basis that united the European countries is now being lost and being forgotten. This is contributing to create a crisis in the union. Only going back to our uniting values will help the EU to overcome this moment of crisis. Only if we decide to build even more the United Social Europe will we be able to prosper again and overcome this dire period. The United Social Europe can only start after the Social-Democratic movement will restate and truly coordinate itself at the European level rather than the National one. It is more and more necessary to show a united face and to state again what are the values of the movement that, due to the turbulent political climate, are being lost of sight. Starting the renewed social-democratic movement that at its core does not have only social justice and equality, but also transparency and Europe will be the basis for a new spring of social-democracy and for the renewal of the United Social Europe project that, for too long, has been decaying. It is time to bring clarity on Social-Democracy and what being a European Social-Democrat is, it is time for transparency and clarity, fundamental more than ever to have a bright future.

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