Learning and Unlearning

It is becoming more and more obvious for everyone that the traditional education system based on students memorizing and their regular examination no longer works. In the age of rapid spread of information, of unprecedented access to multiple research resources, schools are forced to reconsider their purpose and reformulate their structures. Many places have established alternatives to the classic public education system, but there are few governments that truly take measures to encourage the reforms and the ongoing process of tailoring education to the needs of young people in the 21st century. In many states, including Romania, this problem has worsened over time as a result of delaying the steps towards renewal, and has degenerated into a situation which is now almost dire. In such places, there is much more frequent news about children’s absenteeism caused by families living in extreme poverty, about the lack of schools in areas covering tens of kilometers and about the unsanitary conditions in which classes take place. Under the circumstances, the two main topics - the renewal of the curricula and providing the material conditions necessary to the continuation of the education process - need to be addressed as one, which complicates matters considerably.