ERIC Number: ED470438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Marginal Roamers Sedentarized: Slovak High School Student Views toward Roma (Gypsies).
As part of a larger project investigating educational reform for democracy, 2 teachers and 34 students at 3 high schools in eastern Slovakia wrote down their opinions of the Roma (gypsies). The papers were classified as negative (N=20), neutral (N=14), and positive (N=2). Promoting democratic tolerance can be difficult, given the deeply held and primarily negative attitudes towards the Roma. Currently, students are required to take citizenship education courses in upper elementary and secondary school. However, students' school experience is the "memorize and regurgitate the knowledge" approach to education. Active teaching and learning processes are intended to promote tolerance, among other things, but Slovakia's curriculum is only slowly changing. When a cultural group devalues reading and writing as much as the Roma appear to do, and when schools operate under the assumption that literacy is knowledge, both oral knowledge and the culture of a people are devalued at the same time. To have a democracy, both Roma and Slovak alike should experience each other's approach. Bridging that gap could prove difficult in light of the entrenched prejudicial nature of Slovak views toward the Roma. On the other hand, the fact that there are times when Slovaks interact with "good Gypsies" suggests a promising direction for the future. It will take hard work on the part of Slovak educators, but the potential rewards that could ensue from such positive interactions would make that hard work worthwhile. (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of International Education, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Slovakia