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PASI EDU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the Polish American community and American public on Polish and Polish-American history, culture, science, and relevant current events.
There is much about Poland and American Polonia of which we are justifiably proud and must be shared because it constitutes an important part of European and American history and culture. However, our review of information sources available to the public continues to reveal significant material omissions, misrepresentations, and falsifications. These sources include public school curricula and textbooks, media news outlets, popular websites, historical literature, and other public domain content. We address these deficiencies by presenting the facts and following our motto: “Only Truth is Interesting.”
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There are many significant facts about various aspects of modern Polish history, science, and culture that are little-known but have influenced our lives in different ways. We encourage everyone – students, teachers, parents, and community members – to learn more about them by joining PASI EDU and taking advantage of our educational content and materials.
Aleksandra shows viewers how to make Chruścicki (Angel Wings), which are traditionally served for Fat Thursday.
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Photo: Polskie Radio
Polish FM in Berlin asks Germany to 'think creatively' about redress for WWII losses
Polish FM in Berlin asks Germany to 'think creatively' about redress for WWII
30 January 2024
Poland's top diplomat Radosław Sikorski said in Berlin on 29 January that he would like Germany’s
leaders to "think creatively” about compensating Poland for the enormous losses it suffered at the
hands of Germany during World War II.
Poland's Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock meet in Berlin on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2023.
Photo: PAP/Albert Zawada
Speaking before talks with his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock, Sikorski said he would ask the
German foreign minister to make the government in Belin "think creatively about finding a form of
compensation for these war losses, or of redress."
Baerbock said, as quoted by the AP news agency, that “confronting the suffering of millions (of people)
that Germany brought on Poland remains a task for ever.”
The two spoke at a joint news conference before their talks on improving bilateral relations and support
for Ukraine, Polish state news agency PAP reported.
Poland's previous government had demanded USD 1.3 trillion in compensation for Nazi Germany’s
invasion and occupation of Poland from 1939 to 1945, the AP news agency reported.
Officials in Berlin have consistently said that while Germany recognizes its historical responsibility, "the
issue of reparations and compensation for World War II losses" was settled decades ago and Berlin
"does not intend to enter into negotiations on the matter."
While in Berlin, the Polish foreign minister was set to address a range of historical issues dividing the
two countries, including a project in Berlin to memorialize Poland's suffering, public broadcaster Polish
Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
During their meeting in Berlin, Sikorski and Baerbock were also expected to discuss continued Western
support for Ukraine as it battles Russia's invasion.
Other topics on the agenda included ways to reinvigorate trilateral cooperation as part of the Weimar
Triangle group, which brings together Poland, Germany and France.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Szejna told Polish Radio ahead of the talks that relations
between Warsaw and Berlin "need to be improved."
He noted that Germany remained Poland's largest business partner and that Poland was one of
Germany's biggest trading partners worldwide.
"Engaging in an argument with someone with whom you conduct good business is unwise," Szejna said.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, starting the largest armed conflict in Europe since World
30 January 2024 is day 706 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
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Minister's "ban" on homework sparks wider education debate
Poland has taken a leading role in the largest global military cyber exercise, "Cyber Coalition 2023," which began in late November.
25 January 2024
The new Minister of Education Barbara Nowacka's reduction of homework in Polish schools (including
the removal of mandatory graded homework for junior schools) has sparked a wider debate on state
Minister of Education Barbara Nowacka. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
The new Minister of Education Barbara Nowacka announced the government's plan to abolish
compulsory graded homework in junior schools in Poland (currently grades 1 to 8 from age 7 to 14).
Is the new government so different from the last in education policy?
Perhaps surprisingly, in the context of a political conflict between the current ruling coalition and the
current opposition that has evolved into a fully-fledged culture war and constitutional crisis, the
previous education minister, Przemysław Czarnek proposed a similar reduction in the workload for
Polish school children.
Czarnek proposed to reduce the scope of the curriculum to allow school children to engage in extra-
curricular activities developing emotional intelligence.
Is educational success and widespread dissatisfaction compatible?
Although Poland is regularly ranked high in terms of educational levels reached by pupils, these results
mask widespread dissatisfaction with the education system. Recent research from LiveCareer confirms
this, highlighting dissatisfaction with teaching methods (51% of respondents) and irrelevance of the
curriculum to the job market (47%).
So how does Poland rank so highly in international comparisons of education systems? (For example,
Poland placed 10th globally and 5th in Europe in the Pearson Ranking.)
Two answers: there is an extremely high emphasis on testing in Polish schools, making school a
pressured environment but perhaps making children good at passing exams; secondly and relatedly,
Polish families make very regular use of "prep" classes - private extra classes to help pass the frequent
tests (Polish: "korki").
For example, this article in a local government website referring to the one in four Polish families paying
for extra private classes for their children is titled "Schooling failure. One in four families uses private
So, it is not surprising that children and parents perceive poor teaching and an out-of-date curriculum as
essentially compensated by constant testing, extra private classes and a culture of monitoring children
Conservative opinions out of touch
Conservative approaches in education, such as the opinions of then Minister of Education Roman
Giertych (2006-2007), have emphasized the need to read national literature, especially when this
literature is "patriotic". However, the emphasis on tests and homework (combined with easy internet
access) has led to the current scenario where students do not usually even read the set novels, but
simply practice exam questions and read or listen to summaries. In this way they are unlikely to
"imbibe" a sense of national pride, e.g., from Sienkiewicz.
Deep change or superficial reforms?
In her first press briefing as Minister of Education, Barbara Nowacka criticized the previous
government's record on education precisely for its failure to address deeper questions of education. The
PiS government, for example, reformed the structure of secondary education - turning 3 school stages
into 2 by eliminating "middle school". This change represented considerable logistic challenges for
school buildings and timetables for example, but did not touch core educational issues like recruitment
of teachers, salaries or curriculum.
Skepticism about new education plans
Yet the new minister has already faced similar criticisms herself. Her pre-Christmas announcement that
children are not to get "holiday homework" or that from April 2024 primary school children will not get
compulsory graded homework has been seen as exactly the kind of populist policy-making the previous
government was criticized for.
The far-right opposition party Konfederacja called a press conference where Krzysztof Bosak accused the
current administration of a lack of "homework" in presenting education plans, as evidenced by
contradictory statements by different government representatives.
Nowacka has, however, emphasized in her first statements as minister that some reforms will take "not
weeks or months but years".
Photo: Polskie Radio
‘Aviators – War in the Skies’: a Polish educational adventure game debuts in London
Poland's eighth-graders came third, behind peers from Taiwan and Sweden, in an international league table of civic and citizenship education, ICCS 2022.
25 January 2024
Educational adventure game "Aviators – War in the Skies," a project developed by Poland’s Institute
of National Remembrance, has recently premiered at the British Educational Training and Technology
(Bett) Fair in London.
The game, which is a unique blend of historical education and interactive gaming, is designed in the first-
person mode, incorporates arcade elements and logic puzzles. It offers around 2-3 hours of gameplay,
and is based on the real-life experiences of Polish airmen during World War II.
Players are introduced to historical figures such as Royal Air Force pilots Jan Zumbach, Stanisław Skalski,
and Anna Leska, among others, across six different missions. These missions take players through
various scenarios, including aerial battles and support missions for the Warsaw Uprising.
An interesting aspect of the game is its educational component. The developers have included a Journal
module within the game, which serves as a compendium of historical knowledge related to the events
and characters featured in the gameplay.
The game's soundtrack, composed by Przemysław Treszczotka, is another highlight, featuring excerpts
from music by renowned 20th-century Polish composers Karol Szymanowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz.
"Aviators – War in the Skies" is accessible to a wide audience, available in 12 languages, including Polish
and American sign language. It can be downloaded for free on Steam, making it easily accessible to
gamers and history enthusiasts alike. The trailer can be seen on YouTube at this link:
The Bett Fair, where the game was launched, is a significant event in the world of educational
technology. Since its inception in 1985, Bett has been a platform for showcasing innovative educational
technology, attracting visitors and exhibitors from over 120 countries.