Posted: 1 May 2016, 10:32 AM
“Well I think it’s a pretty good idea actually. All these kids coming out with different educations, it makes ‘em hard to hire, doesn’t it? Plus aren’t those Durmstrang students getting taught the Dark Arts? Finally the government is stepping in to do something about that!”
“Are you kidding me? The government is taking over the education of OUR children and you think that’s a good thing? What about a professor’s freedom to teach what’s important instead of being stuck to an exam board? What about the trust we’re going to have to put into officials who know nothing about the welfare of our children? What about the fact these schools have been flawless institutes for centuries without any interference at all?!”
“Oh come on, flawless institutes? These schools have had loads of problems over the years, so much could have been solved if someone had just stepped in. And what about all the good stuff that’s coming with this? The fact the schools are all integrated, interconnected, multicultural? What about the extra classes kids will be able to take now, to expand their horizons further? And politically, what about the benefit this’ll have with all of Europe working together on something? Plus I’m super jealous of the kids now: you know they can travel between the schools during the day, for classes and clubs and stuff? How cool is that?”
“I still think it’s a stupid idea. And schools should have nothing to do with politics.”
“Yeah, I’m sort of with you there actually. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes of it all I guess.”
Welcome to Bombarda Maxima, a place where the walls dividing the three wizarding schools of Europe have been blown apart to make way for a new way of schooling: an integrated system where students from all three schools learn and thrive together.
Travel between the three schools (during the regulated hours of course) is now possible thanks to new ministry system put in place, though the grounds themselves are still locked down to any outsiders. Once students have had breakfast in their own schools, the gate is opened and travel is permitted. Students might have their first class of the day in Hogwarts, their second in Beauxbatons, then pick where they like for lunch before heading across to Durmstrang for a double period in the afternoon. And then when dinner rolls around, it’s back to your home school for food and bed, the gate locking itself half way through dinner in the same manner it did with breakfast. It’s the same situation on weekends, with students being allowed to travel to other schools for clubs or just to access their resources, so long as they’re back home for tea-time. Sounds pretty great, right?
Well, not everyone would agree with you there. Although ‘Harry Potter’ and all of his exploits is just a kids book here, a matter of fiction for the wizarding children although admittedly a pretty good one, the author did warn of things like this. That ‘Umbridge’ character didn’t bring anything good, did she? Some people claim that ‘Ms Rowling’ was just writing propaganda for a group of anti-educational movement protestors who found out about the whole thing before anyone else. Who knows? Either way, the world is certainly still torn on this matter, and even those in favour of all of this occasionally feel a little wary when the headmasters started warring with each other again. And even if everything’s going well for now, you just know something is going to snap eventually.
Posted: 10 Oct 2017, 10:28 PM
The Ministry of Europe
"Oh stop that, you kicked off about the schools too and look how well that went! Grades are up, student satisfaction is up, employment rates are up, everything is up! Yeah there was a bit of a bumpy start, I know the 2015/16 year didn't even have Quidditch, never mind clubs, but they got there in the end. It's really working! And honestly, the next logical step is to combine the Ministries - the Department of Education in every single Ministry has had so much trouble trying to organise all of this and communicate between the countries so this solves it!"
"You're not stupid enough to think it'll stop here though right? We've already elected a Minister of Europe and she's started building her own Head Office, and yes now they've announced the Department of Education is joining them, but it's not going to stop, is it? They're going to drag the other departments in too, until there's only one Ministry!"
"And what's so bad about that? Wizards travel freely across all of Europe, don't we? Local stuff is still handled by muggle government, that won't change, it's just the magical side of things, there's no reason that can't be done under one roo-"
"Stop, stop, you can't be serious?! Think about it: every ministry in Europe is going to combine, so who gets the job in the new ministry then? There can only be one head of the Department of Education, so which country wins that then? Or will it be entirely new people hired? Think about all the jobs that will be lost! And then everything else that will be broken by this system! Every protocol, every contract, every law will need to be rewritten. Every single one is null and void now! It's going to be chaos!"
"It'll take time and effort but it'll be worth it. Now calm yourself down, people are staring at you!"
After the success of the integration of the schools, the independent ministries of magic across Europe are now combining into one overarching Ministry of Europe.
An exciting announcement was made in early 2017, that a new ministry was being formed to cover magic across all of Europe. After several months of campaigning, a Minister of Europe was elected... and then the news went silent again. Those close to the new Minister have heard that she's building up a Head Office around her, but there were no other announcements for a while. Then out of nowhere, the Department of Education in every ministry shut down over night, only to be reopened under the one roof of the European Ministry. People in every country were laid off, only the very best being rehired in the new Ministry. And now, well, everyone's understandably a little bit nervous.
And then silence again. Until March 2018, when after a few very secretive discussions came to their conclusions, the world was shaken again. In much the same fashion as the dramatic upheaval of the Department of Education, the Ministry of Europe was officially launched and every other department in the Ministry was shut down almost instantly, to be transferred across to the new Ministry of Europe. All that as left behind were small groups known as the 'local ministries', consisting of just the old Minister of Magic for the country, and their closest team. Everyone else was sucked up under the new system - that is, if they weren't fired because the new system had 'no place for their role'. Some were more lucky, only demoted, and some were promoted too.
A lot has changed since the initial exciting announcement that the three schools were going to be integrated together... only time will tell if it's for the better...
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