Soundly Based, but not Set in Stone. In Search of a Canon to be Cherished
(Frits van Oostrom) The Low Countries - 2006, № 14, pp. 269-271
In 2005 the Dutch Minister of Education, Maria van der Hoeven, set up a commission of wise individuals to produce a canon for primary and secondary education. This canon, the ‘Story of the Netherlands' in an international context, is to take account not only of history but also of other fields such as language and literature, art, science and technology. Not so much a canon to be flaunted as a banner, or hammered into the ground like some massive pile, but first and foremost a canon to foster and to cherish. Its purpose is, among other things, to generate a shared knowledge of (cultural) history.
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