Compiling study programmes: the art of seeking compromise
Since the restoration of Estonian independence, the study programme for general education schools has been the subject of constant discussion, since the curriculum is one of the most important documents for self-determination of the state and the nation.
The basic idea for the third study programme, which recently started making its rounds, is that every child is important to a small and decreasing society. This idea has been in currency in Finland for decades already. Schools must become safe places for learners in the broadest sense of the word. The study programme must create opportunities for this. The Estonian educational system must provide a place for every young person up to the age of 18. Dropping out of school before this age is not a developmental defect in a child, but an anomaly of the educational system. Discussion of the general part of the study programme in the Riigikogu deserves support, but not just so that the document would be adopted in a coercive, uninformed, and rapid manner.