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Fresh proposals for future education

We do believe that the best way to show how WYRED truly brings out the voice of youth, is by presenting the artifacts realized by the young participants to this project. As a matter of fact, nothing tells us about the youth of today more than turning their own words, their own feelings and ideas down into tangible objects for you to see. The success story we are about to tell you is quite a representative example of how this is true.
Valentina Borowansky, a 17-year old from Austria, has written an essay on the topic of future education, called “The Prison School – How the System Fails Us”. 
“We study. A lot. But we don’t really know anything. We can’t use it. We are not smarter than before.But how does this work out? We go to school. We study. Then why don’t we know anything?Did we fail the system? Or did the system fail us?” 
is what she asks herself, and us, in her paper aiming to show how today’s school system makes children, young people and their own parents “all prisoners”.Her ultimate objective is that of demonstrating how school actually doesn’t just provide children and young people with knowledge, but also takes knowledge from them.
 “The current school system is twisted, outdated, unauthentic and hostile of individuality. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are alternatives.”

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 Valentina outlines six essential points that, according to her, turn school into “a prison”.

When focusing on solutions, Valentina argues that there already exist teachers with innovative approaches in didactics and methodology. However, this is just one side of the coin. The other side is the entire education system, which keeps parents, teachers and young people together. Valentina proposes a new, democratic, alternative model of schools: for example “Kapriole in Freiburg”, or “The free school in Leipzig” which focus on childrens’ and young people’s individual skills and interests and let the teachers take over the role of empowering “Learning-Coaches” that foster the curiosity of the learners.“Maybe this is not the ultimate solution for our old-crusted system, but it takes the right direction. We need to start learning, understanding, exploring and researching again. The people of tomorrow need a school of tomorrow.”Das Gefängnis Schule

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