Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Valgfrihed ... Freedom to choose

En samtale mellem Kelli og en af sin kollegaer ...
...A conversation between Kelli and one of her colleagues--


Kelli:
Har vi en undervisningsplan at alle engelske lærer bruger?
Do we have a common curriculum that all the English teachers use?


Kollega:
Vi har et tema for hvert semester, og vi vælger litteratur for elever med forbindelser til temaet.
We have a theme for each semester, and we choose student literature that has connections to that theme.


Kelli:
Ok, er der litteratur som vi SKAL læse?
Ok, are there any literature selections that they MUST read?


Sin kollega:
Nej. Det er dit valg, men vi har bøger og kort historier som vi har brugt før. Så du kan bruge dem eller vælge dit ejet litteratur.
No, it is your choice. However, we do have books and short stories available for you to use. You choose items from that bank or you can use items that you choose yourself.


Kelli:
Ok, hvem godkender litteratur som jeg ville at bruge?
Ok, who approves any new literature that I might want to use?


Sin kollega virker til at være forvirret..... Hun spørger: Godkender?
Her colleague seems to be confused.... She asks: Approves?


Kelli:
Ja, i Texas, skal HVER BOG være godkendt af rektør og andre "højere niveau" mennesker. Og sommetider, selv om, var en bog godkendt, forældre kan stadig protesterer mod den....og hvis de kæmper nok, bliver bogen måske fjernet.


Yes, in Texas, EVERY BOOK must be approved by the school´s principal as well as other "high level" school district people. And sometimes, although a book has been approved, parents of students can still protest the book....and if they fight hard enough, the book might actually be removed.


Kollega, griner/smiling:
Som en gymnasiumlærer i Danmark, har du valgfrihed med din litteratur for dine klasser. Når du blev ansat som gymnasie medarbejde, sagde at vi stoler på at du træffer de bedste beslutninger for dine elever. Firmaer i Danmark har den samme filosofi af "Frihed under ansvar".... du vil blive vant til det!


As a gymnasium teacher in Denmark you have freedom to choose literature for your classes that you think is appropriate. When you are hired as a gymnasium employee, we are saying that we trust you as a professional to make the best decisions for your students. Companies in Denmark have the same philosophy of "Freedom with Responsibility".... you will get used to it!




Kelli, i sin hoved, til sig selv/ in her head, to herself:
Jeg undre mig om hun ved hvor vidunderlig sine ord er at høre. Det har været en lang tid siden jeg arbejdede i et system af tiltro og frihed. WAUW!

I wonder if she knows how incredible those words are to hear! It has been a long time since I worked in a system of trust and freedom. WOW!


10 comments:

Paula said...

I'd like to be in your class Mrs Norgaard.

Kevin said...

Wow. That is just incredible. What joy it brings to me to know there are places like this on the planet.

LadyFi said...

Gosh - how strange that not to have that freedom. We have the same saying here in Sweden... guess it's easy to take it for granted.

Thanks for the reminder. And I LOVE your choice of books!

Rachel said...

I'm with Paula... it would be great to be in your class! :-) I hope you enjoy your new position. Your students are so lucky.

journeyinfinite said...

Perhaps people in Denmark read entire books for the entire message and don't pull things out of context to sound inflammatory.

I do wish there were more responsibility for oneself in the US. People wouldn't be so alarmist, and there wouldn't be so many inane rules/laws.

'Babs' said...

Thankyou for putting Kurt in there :)

I was pen pals with him for a short while when I was a teenager, he was a remarkable man.

Amy said...

Don't you love Europe??? Have a wonderful Christmas!!

SH said...

OMG, is this REAL? After living through Texas public schools for decades, the statement "when we hire you we are saying we trust you to make decisions for the students you teach" sounds about as real as something out of Willy Wonka.

I can't wait to hear more about this teaching job.... and what you're able to do with it. Amazing!

Lisa said...

Isn't that the truth!

nettielouise said...

Wouldn't Hardage be in heaven! LOL