A publication entitled “... a quiet, derisive laugh of generations? Contemporary schools vs. fascism,” released jointly by the Education Department of the City of Warsaw and the Warsaw Centre for Education and Social Innovations, will soon be distributed to all secondary schools in Warsaw.
Recent years have seen a rapid proliferation of antidemocratic and racist trends both in Europe and around the world, with numerous voices that praise totalitarian and fascist systems resounding in public space.
“We find those trends alarming, especially for Warsaw that was once doomed to failure by this murderous ideology. As we believe this new Hydra can be best fought with truth and knowledge, we have decided to release a publication that will hopefully fuel discussion on the threats posed by populist nationalism. We want it to provide the source of knowledge, support and inspiration for both teachers and students,” said Renata Kaznowska, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.
Warsaw has been implementing civic society-oriented campaigns for many years, including social education focused on combating discrimination and exclusion, and on advocating human rights, democracy and the rule of law. A major role in that process has been played by the Warsaw Centre for Education and Social Innovations which organises training courses for Warsaw teachers. The Centre has implemented three editions of a course entitled “How should we teach about fascism?” and co-organised an international scientific conference entitled
“Teaching about homicide.” The outcomes of these measures are reflected in “... a quiet, derisive laugh of generations? Contemporary schools vs. fascism” – a publication including academic papers, essays and thoughts on pedagogy, social sciences and culture.
This publication, being first in the “School – ideas and practice” series, is an important united voice of the academic and teaching communities on the challenges faced by modern schools and societies. It will soon be distributed to libraries in all secondary schools in Warsaw.