Have you ever wondered what a perfect education system would look like? Which systemic changes would be necessary? What would the curriculum look like? Would there even be a fixed curriculum? What forms of teaching would be employed? Which competences would we most foster in our pupils? And most importantly: how do we ensure that every child has equal opportunities to learn, grow and prosper?
Together with the lovely people from the Gründungszentrum WU we hosted the inspiring event Disrupt Education, in which pioneers from the education sector shared their views and answered many of our burning questions. Margret Rasfeld (Initiative Schule im Aufbruch, Berlin), Matthias Strolz (NEOS), Bettina Fuhrmann (WU), Toni Kronke (TeachForAustria) and Bernhard Hofer (talentify.me) made up our panel and shared their views and ideas with us, some of them broad and general, some very specific. While each of our panelists shed light on different aspects, one thing they all agreed on: our education system needs to change, preferably yesterday.
And while it’s impossible to sum up all of the insights, let me give you some keywords for inspiration:
- creating new structures instead of improving the old
- teachers as companions rather than authority figures
- new subjects like responsibility and challenge
- human- centered education (seems logical but how many times in educational discussion do we actually talk about what kids need)
- and most importantly: why education?
Because education needs to have a purpose: to prepare you for life, to enable you not just to function but to think, to give you the tools to answer the big questions humanity faces today, to empower and to offer choices and create opportunity – for all children equally.
Click here and have fun browsing through the pictures from the event!