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Why do we need new places of education?

If we take a look at educational systems that are hierarchically structured and characterized by heteronomy, potential, individual skills, curiosity and motivation are systematically suppressed and even destroyed. Students, teachers and parents try to meet the demands, to function, to do their best, but they are caught in the hamster wheel. Young people are turned into objects that need to be shaped. Parents of school truants are threatened with loss of custody. Extreme hurdles are placed in the way of the alternative education movement, many lose their original orientation, new initiatives are systematically thwarted, flattened or even nipped in the bud.

We no longer have time to watch how curiosity, learning/joie de vivre and creativity are systematically destroyed and inequality of opportunities arises through coercion, pressure to perform and pigeonholing. We can no longer feel at the mercy of an education system built on power and control with fear taking over. A higher, faster, further, better leads us to a dead end. 

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This educational system, which is outdated and, in some areas, causing illness, needs a fundamental, pluralistic redesign. Schools can be rethought and redesigned. Ideas about educational landscapes, communities, independent educational places and workshops... can also emerge more and more. There is a need for living spaces where self-determined education and democracy can be experienced and lived in depth right from the start.

The perception of people as subjects and not as objects (which needs to be shaped) is essential, as is the realization that a fulfilled life is only possible when people can live out and develop their curiosity, their individual needs, interests and potential . For their self-development, people need supportive communities in which they feel safe, seen, serious, respected, heard and accepted. 

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