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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 24/11/2009

Bologna reform puts skills above independent thinking

The current student protests in Germany are highlighting the insufficiencies of the Bachelor-Master system introduced with the Bologna process, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "The time has come to take a sobre look at what has become of an academic culture based on  argumentation and widespread doubt, and whose main focus was to inspire independent reflection and long-term cognitive processes. It has become an academic wasteland in which empty formulas, power interests and the base legitimation of procedures have repressed true scientific debate. ... The students feel that decisions are being taken about them but not with them, and they sense that their studies, which place abilities and skills over responsible, critical and independent thought, are anything but individual."

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