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Criticism continues for talent education scheme. A policy designed to give the top percentage of students the chance to learn at a higher level is coming under further fire. Unions have already attacked the scheme for being ”frivolous”, with Socialist Left (SV) Minister of Education Kristin Halvorsen expressing concerns over class unity. Former SV Education Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell, is strongly against the policy, claiming it will not help either poorer or gifted students.

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Criticism continues for talent education scheme

Published on Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011 at 15:49 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

A policy designed to give the top percentage of students the chance to learn at a higher level is coming under further fire.

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Unions have already attacked the scheme for being ”frivolous”, with Socialist Left (SV) Minister of Education Kristin Halvorsen expressing concerns over class unity.

Former SV Education Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell, is strongly against the policy, claiming it will not help either poorer or gifted students.

“We have a long tradition in Norway of taking out individual or groups of students from class to provide extra stimulation” he said to Aftenposten, “but dividing students into different classes according to skill level is quite another thing.”

Mr Solhjell is convinced the solution lies in having more teachers who are talented to provide students with feedback and goals.

Other political Party politicians also voice their concern.

“There is a considerable risk of placing students in the wrong class and reinforcing social differences, in addition to research showing that these types of classes have no positive effect upon the learning environment,” argues Labour (Ap) politician Marianne Aasen.

Knut Arild Hareide, leader of the Christian Democratic Party (KrF), admits giving talented students adequate follow-ups is a challenge, but thinks, “schools should not just be an arena for knowledge production but also for refinement, as well as developing educational and character skills.”



Published on Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011 at 15:49 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: kristinhalvorsen, norwegianeducationminister, oslo, talenteducationscheme.





  
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