And now… 'EU Knowledge'
To be specific, the EU is talking about the free movement of knowledge, but a few decades of operation will ensure that it amounts to the same thing, especially because it is being linked to the bloc’s competitiveness.
According to the heads of state and governments (Spring Summit, 14 March), this is to be the EU’s ‘fifth freedom’ - added to the four original principles of free movement of persons, capital, services and goods.
As part of the initiative, the EU has pledged to boost cross-border mobility of researchers, students, scientists and university teachers, as well as labour markets and work conditions for European researchers and further reforms in high education.
Pooling knowledge may be one of the more nebulous EU pursuits, and it is worth considering Plato on the matter, for he asserts that ‘the true lover of knowledge naturally strives for reality, and will not rest content with each set of particulars which opinion takes for reality, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the nature of each thing as it is, with the mental faculty fitted to do so, that is, with the faculty which is akin to reality, and which approaches and unites with it, and begets intelligence and truth as children..’ (The Republic, Book VI).
If there is one thing of which Cranmer is certain, it is that the EU's concept of knowledge will be somewhat detached from the reality which is deemed by Plato to be an imperative. This 'EU knowledge' will be filtered and screened to determine what is acceptable, and so this knowledge shall formulate the zeitgeist and the EU's concept of the truth.
Cranmer has previously written of the development of ‘Euro education’, and he is not surprised to learn that this insidious agenda is gathering apace.
The EU is already providing funding and possibilities for student exchange programmes (which is little more than propaganda) but some countries are considered to be ‘falling behind on investment in education, research and development’ (ie, they are not sufficiently manipulating the minds of the most vulnerable by instilling them with knowledge of the inordinate and innumerable benefits of the EU project).
And it is the European Commission which has been asked to prepare an analysis of the issue.
It is sure to engage with the reality, and to be accurate, objective, and sensitive to the fundamental differences and divergences between the various educational philosophies of the member states.