The education system in the Netherlands has gained recognition for its standards and remarkable academic achievements. However, there is now a growing call to revamp the system. Educators and influential thinkers are advocating for a departure from classroom structures that are based on age and instead, they propose personalized learning models that prioritize individual students’ needs. This proposed educational reform aims to create an environment where every student can flourish.
Karin Verheijen, an educator of the Karin Tutoring Center (Karin Bijles Centrum) sheds light on the limitations of a one-size-fits-all approach. She emphasizes that grouping students by age overlooks their learning paces and styles, within a classroom setting. This can lead to a decline in student enjoyment and self-confidence, impeding their educational development.
Peter van de Kuit, a colleague of Verheijen, points out that common learning barriers such as headaches and boredom are often misinterpreted as mere fatigue or disinterest. He champions the study technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, which equips students with the tools to overcome these obstacles, enhancing their comprehension and retention. Both Karin and Peter are members of the board of the Foundation for Effective Education “Stichting voor Effectief Onderwijs” (established in 2001 and recognized as of public benefit by the Dutch authorities) and work with the Karin Tutoring Center which now operates in 6 locations of which 5 in Amsterdam, and service on average 300 students every week, totalling about 2600 students since 2007.
Evelyne Azih from the Chevylins Care Foundation echoes the sentiment, emphasizing the broader societal impact of education. She argues that by nurturing the abilities and cultural awareness of young people, “we contribute to a more peaceful and well-organized society“. Azih advocates for “the L. Ron Hubbard Study Method” promoted by Applied Scholastics, as “a means to bridge educational gaps and empower individuals with effective learning strategies“.
The positive results of such a method are evident in the achievements attained by the method used by the Karin Tutoring Center. Their approach to tutoring has helped “countless students improve academically and grow in self-confidence, showcasing the transformative potential of alternative educational methods“.
With a hopeful outlook, when asked about the future of education, Peter van de Kuit envisions “an education system reformation that sparks genuine interest in students for their subjects. By making learning more enjoyable and manageable, the teaching process becomes more effective, benefiting both students and educators”.
The call for educational reform in the Netherlands is clear. Personalized learning approaches, such as those inspired by L. Ron Hubbard’s study technology, as praised by thousands of families, demonstrate the potential to revolutionize the educational landscape. As success stories from various foundations and centres accumulate, the evidence mounts in favour of a system that values the individual learning journey of each student. The time is ripe for change, and the Dutch education system may well lead the charge in creating a more fulfilling and effective model for learners worldwide.