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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 simple wisdom of Dutch background and tradition may be handed directly to destiny generations? A Key to Dutch historical past and its ensuing assessment of historic highlights, assembled through a few experts in session with the Dutch basic public, offers a thought-provoking and well timed answer.  The democratic approach at the back of the amount is resembling the way the Netherlands has succeeded for hundreds of years at collective craftsmanship, and says as a lot concerning the Netherlands as does the end result of the critiques voiced.

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Geography The canon contains a number of geographically-oriented windows that fall within the domain of geography, a subject that is regarded as one of the factual subjects and is currently part of the area of study known as “Knowing yourself and your world”. Due to the fact that geographical subjects are generally taught in a thematic order, the inclusion of the geographical windows does require a certain amount of creativity. The 1953 flood, for example, can be dealt with in the context of the fight against water as featured in the teaching method, but it may prove more appropriate to teach this window on 1 February, or – for even more dramatic effect – just as a storm is swirling around the classroom and the news reports the closing of the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier and the Maasland water defences.

These changes may have both positive and negative effects with regards to the canon. Teachers that are not accustomed to thinking in terms of the ”parcelling out of subjects” will be more inclined to adopt a cross-curricular canon, that transcends individual subjects. Under the new framework, the proposed fifty windows would correspond with the following areas of study: Dutch language, “man and society” (containing the subjects history and geography, as well as elements of social studies, ideologies and general economics) and “art and culture” (containing elements from the disciplines of music, dance, drama, handicrafts, drawing, textile arts and audiovisual education).

Geography The canon contains a number of geographically-oriented windows that fall within the domain of geography, a subject that is regarded as one of the factual subjects and is currently part of the area of study known as “Knowing yourself and your world”. Due to the fact that geographical subjects are generally taught in a thematic order, the inclusion of the geographical windows does require a certain amount of creativity. The 1953 flood, for example, can be dealt with in the context of the fight against water as featured in the teaching method, but it may prove more appropriate to teach this window on 1 February, or – for even more dramatic effect – just as a storm is swirling around the classroom and the news reports the closing of the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier and the Maasland water defences.

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