Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Christian Democrats: Netherlands has an Education Problem

Sybrand Buma, leader of the Christian Democrats, says that the Netherlands has an education problem.  Youngsters have to be educated to understand that they have duties. Therefore, a national service draft has to be instituted.  After high school, students should be obliged to work for a number of months for a volunteer organization, the Ministry of Defense or another such social institution.  The students can then show that they are doing something for the Netherlands, and a future employer can see that they are competent.  Buma added that in the Netherlands, a society has been created where the question “what can I get out of it?” has become far more dominant than “what can I do for society?”  Duties, and not only rights, belong to a functional society, and recognition of such is lacking in the Netherlands.

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