In the first years after the Revolution, the Romanian educational reform in education was confronted by real problems, false problems and a lot of slogans.
The main slogans:
The false problems:
- The Romanian educational system is wonderful! See the results of our Olympics!
- We must do the reform, but here, where I am personally involved, all is OK. Please go with your reform in the rest of the system!
- It is enough to reconsider only the political subjects in our curricula and the reform is done!
The real problems:
- All must be regulated.
- The Hungarians intend to take control of Transylvania and they must be stopped.
- The State (the President, the Prime Minister, the Minister ...) must solve all the problems at any level in the system.
Despising all of these impediments I considered that the reform
must start with a simple, clear, and permissive project embodied
in the "Law of the educational reform". No matter how idealistic
this law will be, I thought, it is necessary because it
establishes our main targets.
- the Romanian political class did not (and does not) care about the educational issues
- the educational community was (and it is) scared by any changes in the system
- any reform in education must start with reconsidering the financial mechanisms, but the
Romanian economy was unable to support a substantial improvement in financing education
- the local communities did not have the skills requested for a consistent involvement in managing
what can and must be locally managed
- the business environment was growing slowly, with a lot of specific problems keeping it far
from the involvement in education
In September 1991 I decided (after few days spent with Sorin
Antohi in Oxford, attending a workshop on financing education) to
write myself the project (accompanied by few introductory statements ), because
previous tentative provided too conservative, too complex and too
``Miners" ended my political adventure and I did not
have time to submit my project, by turn, to the Prime Minister, Government and Romanian Parliament. I used it few
years later, when Professor Andrei Tugulea helped me to send it as
a general amendment to the Law of Education debated at that moment
in the Romanian Parliament. As far as I know it was completely
ignored (see the full of slogans, conservative, bushy and huge text of the actual law ).