Primary schools and population decline
During the past few years, the Dutch education system has been confronted with a sharp decline in the number of pupils. Especially in rural villages, inhabitants fear for the closure of their local primary school, which is perceived as a very negative development for local village life. The relative decrease in pupils will almost be as strong in future depopulating (Anticipeer) regions as in present day declining (Topkrimp) regions. Inhabitants, but especially local policymakers, are afraid that the disappearance of primary schools will have negative impact on the communities and on the liveability of villages. I state that long term effects of school closures on local society are not as devastating as often perceived. Local and regional policymakers, and school boards, should look beyond the temporary emotions of disappearing facilities and deal more efficiently with school closures.
- See for paper 'Causes and consequences of regional population decline for primary schools' by Haartsen & Van Wissen (2012) http://kknn.vanmeernaarbeter.nl/bibliotheek/oorzaken-en-gevolgen-van-regionale-bevolkingsdaling-voor-basisscholen
- See for my RUG opinion on primary education (30 October 2013: ´Decisionmaking on primary schoolclosures far too slow´) http://www.rug.nl/news-and-events/people-perspectives/opinie/2013/tialda-haartsen-besluitvorming-over-basisschoolsluitingen-is-veel-te-traag
- See for my contribution to the website Sociale Vraagstukken (27 December 2013: ´Inhabitants of depopulating areas should be able to decide themselves about schoolsclosures) http://www.socialevraagstukken.nl/site/2013/12/27/bewoners-van-krimpgemeenten-moeten-zelf-beslissen-of-school-dicht-moet/ (in Dutch)
- See interview with me in Noorderbreedte (February 2014: ´Is there a future for small schools?´) 'Is er toekomst voor kleine scholen?'http://www.noorderbreedte.nl/ (in Dutch)
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