By Frits van Oostrom
Many imagine they comprehend the legends in the back of tulipmania and the legacy of the Dutch East India Tea corporation, yet what uncomplicated wisdom of Dutch heritage and tradition may be handed directly to destiny generations? A Key to Dutch heritage and its ensuing review of old highlights, assembled by way of a couple of experts in session with the Dutch basic public, offers a thought-provoking and well timed answer. The democratic strategy at the back of the amount is such as the best way the Netherlands has succeeded for hundreds of years at collective craftsmanship, and says as a lot in regards to the Netherlands as does the result of the reviews voiced.
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That does not mean that the canon has to be presented to children aged between seven and fourteen in the same way. From the point of view of psychological development, a significant shift takes place when children reach the age of around twelve. It is no coincidence that the transfer from primary to secondary education takes place at around the same age. When children are at primary school age, they generally benefit from concrete impressions and contents. As they grow older, they become more able to establish links and to think in abstract terms.
See also the interdisciplinary cooperation project known as Verhaal Centraal 2006. 32 The fact that Dutch young people today seem to lack this knowledge and have no idea as to which century Erasmus or Napoleon lived in, is a much-heard complaint by society as a whole and, indeed, is as regrettable as it is unnecessary. The committee would like the canon to be incorporated into Dutch education in conjunction with clear measures to rectify this situation. Cf. Schroots and Langemeijer 2004 (who want to go even further).
8. 39 See Van Oostrom 1998 and Blokker, Blokker & Blokker 2005 for a modern appreciation of that tradition. The affectionate memories of Kousbroek 1995 are also impressive. 40 The canon chart is intended to be hung permanently on the walls of primary school classrooms, in any event as of the year in which history education starts. The idea is for it to function as a reminder which combines the attractiveness of Isings with the basic approach adopted by Mendeleyev. The canon windows will then be able to function as an inspired context which, in this case, will indeed be able to be more than the sum of the parts.
A Key to Dutch History by Frits van Oostrom