In Poland the first national open-textbook program in the world

by Beatrice Credi - 2016.06.02
In Poland the first national open-textbook program in the world
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Poland has the first national open-textbook program in the world. The educational system hasn’t worked. About half the students in Poland have tutors outside of classes to augment the education they get in public schools. Radical dysfunction, in turn, allowed the Polish government the momentum to combine several progressive education programs - digital textbooks for students, public funding for textbooks and open licenses on educational materials that let creative teachers remix their lessons. It began in earnest in 2011, when Poland decided to bring in an online open-textbook option. That struggled to catch on, so two years later there was a new model: a publicly funded textbook for first-graders, this time on regular paper. While older grades still see parents paying annually per child for textbooks, textbooks are now publicly funded for elementary and middle school.

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