Open markets are the only way we can compete - and it's the same for education systems
The Director of the eTwinning Programme makes the point that in business open markets and free trade are the only ways we can operate to remain competitive. The differentiating factor that will bring one business above another is innovation. But, he says, the same is also true of education systems. We can't operate in a bubble, a closed shop, not sharing what we do - everything we do - and how we do it.
This very cosmopolitan European conference, where I've been talking shop with educators from 25 different countries and cultures, has really started to make me think about the role of one of Scotland's biggest educational projects, Glow, the national intranet. The whole concept of the intra instead of the extra- is something which seems, to me at least, to be at odds with the Commissioner's European model. It's not a knock on my part of an ambitious, exciting project, just a 'wonder'. I want it to be a success but I also want reaching out to other cultures to be a success far more.
He says: The future is ours. Let's build it together. Where will Scotland fit into this?