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The Netherlands is failing students by selecting too early

The education system fails on one important point: students do not have enough opportunities to receive an education that does justice to their capacities and development. The corona crisis amplifies this. The Netherlands has been short of students with this for years and the economy and society are missing out on talent. The Education Council therefore recommends in its advice Select later, differentiate better: postpone the moment of selection for a secondary school type until after a broad bridging period. And offer, much more than now, flexible, tailor-made education in primary and secondary education that does justice to differences between pupils. This requires an intervention in the structure of secondary education. This is reported by the Education Council.

In the Dutch education system, pupils are selected at an early age for a type of secondary education. This early selection leads to unequal educational opportunities. Pupils with the same cognitive capacities, but from different backgrounds, do not end up at the same educational level. As a result, many students attend secondary education that is not in line with what they have to offer. It has also become increasingly difficult to get to the right place through broad bridging classes and by ‘switching’ or ‘stacking’. The early selection moment therefore has major consequences, which puts a lot of pressure on students and their parents. Moreover, young people from different backgrounds no longer meet each other at school: they are separated from each other in their own bubble.

Select later, differentiate better

The Education Council therefore recommends postponing the moment of selection until after a broad three-year bridging period. So that all students have the opportunity, time and opportunity to develop and discover what kind of education they can best follow after the bridging period. This applies to the more gifted, precocious and fast-learning children, as well as the less smooth or well-learning young people and the late bloomers. At the end of the bridging period, a selection will take place for one of the forms of education in the upper years of secondary education. This means that the current school advice and the final test in group 8 of primary education will be canceled.

But selecting later is not enough. The council also recommends better internal differentiation in primary and secondary education. This means that students can follow education at different levels in varying groups, with the enrichment, deepening and extra guidance they need. The council also draws attention to the cognitively strong students, who are now often given too little challenge.

Interventions necessary

The council recommends postponing the moment of selection nationally and simultaneously at all schools. This requires an adjustment of the structure of secondary education. In addition, it requires a lot of teachers and school leaders to provide education at different levels in varying groups, and to tailor their education to the potential of students. They must be given sufficient time, resources and space for preparation and development. These interventions are necessary to achieve good education for everyone.

The Education Council issues this advice at the request of the Ministers of Education.

By: National Education Guide

The Netherlands is failing students by selecting too early
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