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Lecție de democrație la Facultatea de Istorie

Posted in actiuni, articole by gheorghe on 22/12/2011

Lecţie de democraţie la Facultatea de Istorie
1 Decembrie 2011

Li se pot reproşa multe studenţilor care au ocupat amfiteatrul Pârvan al Facultǎţii de Istorie. Cǎ n-ar prea şti ce vor, cǎ nu ar avea un plan bine definit, cǎ ar fi (deja) dezbinaţi, cǎ mişcarea lor ar fi o copie, cǎ ar fi naivi (adicǎ nu cinici)… Eu zic cǎ pete gǎsindu‑se şi în Soare, e mai profitabil sǎ încercǎm sǎ vedem lucrurile bune.

Sistemul nostru politic se aflǎ într-o evidentǎ situaţie de impas, dupǎ ce s-a dovedit cǎ nu este capabil sǎ se reformeze din interior. Corupţia invadeazǎ partidele imediat ce ajung la putere, pǎtrunderea personajelor din „noua gardǎ” spre vârfuri e guvernatǎ de selecţia negativǎ sau frânatǎ prin metode eficiente, proiectele cu adevǎrat reformatoare sunt absente atât în zona Puterii, cât şi în cea a Opoziţiei. Sistemul politic pare sǎ fi reuşit sǎ anihileze toate mecanismele de control ale cetǎţeanului şi, ce e mai grav, acesta nu mai pare dispus sǎ lupte pentru a reintra în posesia statului.

Ei bine, principalul mesaj pe care-l transmit tinerii care ocupǎ astǎzi tot felul de locuri este cǎ nu mai sunt dispuşi sǎ se resemneze cu statutul de guvernat pasiv. Universitatea nu e doar un loc în care se produc specialişti, ci şi unul în care s-au nǎscut ideile şi acţiunile care au schimbat lumea, în 1848, în 1968 şi nu numai. Condiţia studentului a fost întotdeauna cea a unui cetǎţean angajat, tocmai pentru cǎ lui îi pasǎ de viitor mai mult decât de prezent. A înţeles asta Ceauşescu în decembrie 1989, când, dupǎ ce în plopii din Regie apǎruserǎ nişte pere, trimitea studenţii în vacanţǎ cu o sǎptǎmânǎ mai devreme decât de obicei; sper sǎ fi înţeles ceva şi actualul rector, dupǎ ce a încercat joia trecutǎ sǎ împiedice manifestarea fǎcând apel la bodyguarzi.

Dacǎ ne gândim cǎ s-a pornit de la o conferinţǎ privind rolul studentului în societate, iar dupǎ cele 100 de ore de dezbateri s-a ajuns la un manifest în treisprezece puncte, conţinând revendicǎri (fiecare dintre ele, în sine pertinentǎ) referitoare mai degrabǎ la relaţia dintre student şi universitate, am avea motive de dezamǎgire. Substanţa demersului din amfiteatrul Pârvan se gǎseşte nu atât în CE, ci în CUM. Cei de acolo au înţeles mersul corect al democraţiei. Iniţiativele pornite „la firul ierbii”, rezultat al solidaritǎţii, participǎrii şi identificǎrii de soluţii, sunt cele care pot schimba societatea, nu cele impuse de cǎtre guvernanţi.

Spre exemplificare, un demers autentic democratic al reformei învǎţǎmântului ar fi presupus dezbaterea textului legii de cǎtre ministrul de resort, împreunǎ cu cei direct interesaţi, eventual timp de 100 de ore, eventual în amfiteatrul de la etajul trei al Facultǎţii de Istorie. În speţǎ, domnul Funeriu nu a avut nici o reacţie legatǎ de evenimentele de la sfârşitul sǎptǎmânii şi nici faţǎ de cele care au urmat, în Bucureşti şi alte centre universitare, ca şi cum discuţia ar fi fost despre importurile de tomate. Atitudinea domniei sale pare inspiratǎ din înţelepciunea lui Ion Iliescu, care recomanda în 1990 lǎsarea manifestanţilor din Piaţa Universitǎţii „sǎ fiarbǎ în suc propriu”. Din pǎcate, presa pare cǎ s-a „adǎpat”, în bunǎ parte, din acelaşi izvor ideatic, cǎci s-a rezumat, când a fǎcut-o, la relatǎri seci ale întâmplǎrilor. Studenţii n-au fost invitaţi la talk-show-uri, revendicǎrile lor nu pot fi citite decât pe paginile reţelelor de socializare.

În Argumentul manifestului lor, studenţii spun: „Revendicǎm Universitatea pentru cǎ vrem să-i redăm vocaţia iniţială de spaţiu dinamic al efervescenţei ideilor, capabil sǎ analizeze critic prezentul în cǎutarea unor soluţii mai bune pentru viitor”. Ei promit cǎ dupǎ „Istoria se ocupǎ şi se dezbate” urmeazǎ „Universitatea se ocupǎ şi se dezbate”. Aşteptǎm ocuparea şi dezbaterea societǎţii de cǎtre cetǎţeni. Mai aşteptǎm?

Mircea Kivu este sociolog
Bucuresti
http://www.romanialibera.ro/opinii/comentarii/lectie-de-democratie-la-facultatea-de-istorie-246517.html

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Posted in stiu si eu ceva by gheorghe on 30/11/2011

100 HOURS OF SIT-IN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST
Started on the 24th November, 6 pm.

On the 24th of November at the University of Bucharest, a public debate over the current state of affairs of education has been organized. To stop the students and others to peacefully debate and protest, the University authorities have sent plenty of private security agents to try to stop the event.

The people present there have refused to leave, stop the debate or comply to the demands of the Rector. Since then, others have joined and for 100 hours the Vasile Parvan hall at the University of Bucharest, has been the privileged space of debate over the current state of education and knowledge management in the Romanian society. Around 500 persons, students, professors and members of the civil society have proved that non-action, passivity and the logic of immediate profit can be overcome.

The issue raised here has not been around what could we obtain if we act, but what happens if we do not. Non-action is in itself a message: it makes legitimate the abusive, inefficient and non-ethical practices at work in society.

Solidarity, participation and identifying solutions have been the basic principles of the debate held here.

100 hours of „HISTORY IS BEING OCCUPIED AND DEBATED” ends tonight.

It continues through „THE UNIVERSITY IS BEING OCCUPIED AND DEBATED” and other protests spread around the country.


In solidarity with the Global Month of Action, we call for support and dissemination of our protest.

POSITION

The University should be a fundamental place of debate.

A space of critical thinking over the concepts, objectives and methods of the present.

The decision-makers are presently suffocating its discourse and practices, subordinating it in spite of the official discourse in support of university autonomy. 

The University has become a sterile space, lacking ideas, beliefs and ideals. The only purpose of it today is to produce individuals with diplomas.

Knowledge and free access to education are inalienable rights of everybody. Any form of monopole over these is unacceptable, as any form of commodification of education.

We denounce the culture of obedience promoted in the local educational system!

We reclaim the autonomy of knowledge! Personal development, intellectual formation, research and the development of critical thinking are common goods that cannot be taken over by private interests.

We reclaim the University! We want the role of the University to be one of reflection over society as a whole, and not just to answer the requests of the market. We need an open space of dialogue and social cohesion.

We claim the University because we want to restore its original vocation of a dynamic space of a multitude of ideas, capable to critically analyse the present in search for a better future.

PROBLEMS AND DEMAND

Education should represent the first priority of the state. We demand the implementation of the National Pact for education, which specifies according 6% for education and a minimum of 1% for research of the GDP.

We ask for a reform of the university programs (50% of the canonical core should be decided by the senate, and 50% should be chosen by the students from either theoretical courses or courses with practical applicability).

We demand that students be able to participate freely in the meetings of the Faculty Council and of the University Senate, as well as have access to the agenda of topics that are to be debated and to the meeting notes.

The university belongs to all. Everyone must be able to participate in the events and courses of the university, not just students.

We wish that the University does not represent a space of discrimination, oppression, humiliation. We must be able to raise, discuss and discourage these attitudes. We want access to a real process of solving these problems, which offers dignity and protection to those involved.

We demand the introduction of an exam-based admission (with a project, practical test, etc.) for all three education levels (day courses, reduced frequency, long-distance learning).

Students and teachers are equal partners in the educational process.

We ask for the compulsory evaluation of professors by students. The results must be public and taken into consideration.

We demand that students representatives be elected for a period of 1 year and 6 months, with 2 weeks of campaigning, and that voting be held for a week for the entire daily program of courses.

We ask that students have access to the University at night based on a student ID or card.

We ask that the Central University Library be open to everybody and also by night.

We demand that the relevant authorities research abusive measures taken against those people who wished to take part in the public debate „University and its civil role” on November 24 2011.

THE SOCIAL CONDITION OF THE STUDENT

We demand that the state increase its subventions for scholarships. The current sum allocated to each person is not sufficient for a decent living. We consider unacceptable this systematical humiliation applied to students.

THE SOCIAL CONDITION OF THE PROFESSOR

The current status of professors is below the acceptable level of human dignity. Moreover, the remuneration is unacceptable, contributing to a drastic decrease in the quality of education

Follow us on fb group: ISTORIA SE OCUPA & SE DEZBATE, and twitter  #ocuisto,  #istorie. (mainly in Romanian)


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