Asgardia should be a place where we create a new democracy that works for all citizens, therefore we should be looking at how this can be achieved. There is no point in creating a Space Kingdom if we are going to bring with us 20th Century solutions to 21st Century problems. For example excessive bureaucracy and political bias.
On this basis Asgardia should have an independently run Department of Education that makes decisions based on the experiences of educational professionals, students, other stake-holders including parents and scientifically proven data rather than political whim.
The department would be overseen by parliament who scrutinize funding, but ultimately policy decisions should come from the Department its-self.
I also propose as a standard, all forms of Asgardias educational policy & delivery to be free and available to all citizens, rather than being exposed to market forces/economics.
To create the best education system possible we should look at the best systems we have on earth (Finland, Singapore for example) and adapt them to align with Asgardias mission statement.
As such I suggest the following structure;-
Department of Education - Independent from, but funded by central government. With anti-corruption safeguards in place from the start. For example, an over-arching anti-corruption council that scrutinizes all government departments.
This would include the departments;
- Early Years (Pre-school based on language skill and understanding/interacting with the world around them - in fun and interesting ways!)
- Childhood (Focus on developing the skills necessary to become humane citizens of Asgardia - emotional intelligence, citizenship, outdoor learning, introductions to Maths and Science as well as other core curriculum ideologies, project based and rooted in enjoyment)
- Adolescence (Research based, more specific giving learners the choice to specialize in other areas of interest, introduction to testing models, critical thinking and scientific in nature)
- Adult & Lifelong (More formal but still fun and interactive, specific to specialist, including apprenticeships, scholarships and other work-based learning & CPD)
Teachers should be specialists in the delivery of the curriculum. The latest advances in technology, learning environment design and Pegagological understanding should applied through CPD and Critical Analysis.
Given Asgardias very specific nature, we should also vote to include an 'Asgardia Curriculum', one which incorporates the best humanity has to offer with the goals of the Asgardian Kingdom in Space. This needs to be dynamic and under constant review to keep it relevant to learners needs and our mission statement.
This curriculum would be put together by the different strands that make up the department of Education and would match the needs of each learning-phase.
Please send any suggestions and I will attempt to put something basic together as a place to start.