The book "Meritocratic demands in the Romanian school" recently published by the Editura Universitara - Bucharest is a plea for the knowledge, respect and promotion of the valuable traditions of Romanian education, consolidated throughout history, for the appreciation of the work, efforts and results obtained by our students, by our teachers, by our schools. We have students with high potential, recognized, who must be exploited, put to work by well-trained teachers, with pedagogical grace, by families with respect for book science, education. Everything, however, was carried out in a normative, scientific and unaltered political decision-making framework.
Reality abundantly demonstrates the fact that, over time, Romanian schools have produced enlightened minds, prominent personalities of the scientific, cultural, artistic life, etc. who bring honor to Romania, Europe and the whole world. The bio-psycho-social potential of our generations of children and young people is recognized throughout the world.
The key ideas around which the essence of this book is structured are:
The traditions of Romanian education: knowledge, respect, promotion
Promoting meritocracy as a principle of social justice through education;
Maria Sa - the student: respect, trust, appreciation.
The teacher/teacher: professional skills, devotion, respect, motivation, social prestige.
The book "Meritocratic demands in the Romanian school" has the following structure:
Part I - MERITOCRACY - PRINCIPLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH EDUCATION
Part II - ROMANIAN SCHOOL IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT. A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Part III - MERITOCRATIC REQUIREMENTS REGARDING TRAINING, EVALUATION AND PROMOTION OF STUDENTS
Part IV - EVALUATION VERSUS MEASUREMENT IN EDUCATION
Part V - MERITOCRATIC REQUIREMENTS IN THE TRAINING AND PERFECTION OF TEACHING STAFF. HISTORICAL LANDMARKS
Part VI - CATALOG OF MINISTERS OF EDUCATION FROM 1859 TO THE PRESENT.
Meritocracy is a principle of social justice through education. A meritocratic society translates school success into social success. According to current sociological theories, a society is considered meritocratic if each individual has the chance to succeed in life through school and if school success translates into social success.
Mediocracy is the antithesis of meritocracy.
In our conception, there are two typologies of mediocrity:
1. mediocrity satisfied with itself;
2. sailing, arrogant and aggressive mediocrity.
Mediocrity satisfied with itself is equivalent to anonymity, to banality, to banality. The mediocre one in this position lacks initiative, he feels good like that and he takes pleasure in this situation.
Sailing mediocrity is the second pose of mediocrity. The mediocre in this category is arrogant and aggressive, rude and funny. He wants respectability, positions, functions. Its motto is Sticks in wheels. The consequences of installing mediocrity in important positions are multiple. (Marin Manolescu, 2019, "School evaluation. Meritocracy and mediocrity", Editura Universitara).
Unfortunately, specialist Sorin Costreie- tells us, "the school contributes fully to the establishment of mediocracy" (Old Dilemma no. 959 of August 25 - August 31, 2022).
Our work wants to convey some messages
First of all, we want to draw attention to the fact that Romanian education has valuable traditions consolidated historically. These traditions must be known and promoted because "Without history we have no future!". Thus:
The lesson of history must be known, understood, learned and valued;
Valuable traditions must be known, transmitted, respected, capitalized in new contexts;
We need coherence, unity of thought and action;
Educational policies and strategies must be thought by "specialists in pedagogy";
The education system in Romania must be restructured in its entirety, in a coherent, systemic, unitary manner, based on an integrative concept, etc.
The education system in Romania must redefine its identity.
Secondly, our work fulfills the requirements of a pedagogy manual, addressing problems of the history of Romanian and European education, developments, trends and critical aspects regarding the relationship between instruction and education, teacher training, development and evaluation of educational institutions, etc. It combines positive tradition with innovation, offers a historical perspective on Romanian pedagogy in an international context, as well as an x-ray of our school today.
The book "Meritocratic demands in the Romanian school" is an independent work, with a new and current issue; where it was the case, the author used, took over, valorized, developed some ideas, concepts, approaches, even texts from previous works, processed and interpreted according to the issues dealt with in the present book.
This book represents a source of scientific-didactic information and serves both for the pedagogical training of students, for the improvement of teaching staff of all specialties, and for satisfying the knowledge interests of any person who wants to know the traditions of Romanian education.
The meritocratic traditions of the Romanian school are a certainty. Currently, however, the Romanian school is drifting! And the meritocratic function of the school is at a standstill! Knowing the content of this book offers the possibility of showing initiative, invites reflection; we hope, at the same time, that our work will sensitize the beneficiaries, regardless of category, to determine decisions that produce desirable changes, generating pedagogical progress.
Let's be optimistic!