EDUCATION IN THE HAMSTER WHEEL
Essay on motivation, intention and background of a series of photographs
Relativization, differentiation and the concept of performance
As a proponent of differentiation I want to at least mention that my examination of the topic is not based on a strict scientific method. I have neither calculated percentages nor compiled statistics at my disposal. But to me that is not the point. In reality the problem is actually a very complex one. There are numerous reasons for self-doubt in childhood and adolescence. However the increased demands on children, adolescents and young adults are undeniably a crucial factor in regard to the quality of living and learning. With my project I simply aim to draw attention to the fact that part of our youth feel more or less overwhelmed. This should give us pause.
I do not however want to over-dramatize this problem with my contribution. The present situation of adolescents in our country is relatively good by global standards. There are numerous schools who have – in the framework of existing legislation – strayed from traditional ways to respond to new developments in the world and the hereby changing demands that are put on young people.
Nonetheless I am convinced that cetain things can and should be improved, especially when it comes to such a crucial field like education. The way children and young people are growing up and being educated in a country has a decisive influence on the country’s future and the togetherness of our society. I therefore hope to succeed in keeping the discussion going and in giving a voice to the children, adolescents and young adults who suffer in the current situation.
Independently I would like to mention that I do not mind the concept of achievement. The principle of achievement and competition (as well as the principle of cooperation and helpfulness!) is anchored evolutionarily deeply within us. But what gain do we have from exhausted twenty-three years old graduates who triumphantly hold up their diploma, but were not able to learn basic skills?
At the same time I would also like to point out that studying is and should always be a challenge. As much as I consider freedom as elementary necessary in the academic teaching, it must be clear that efforts and crises are inherent in studying. The idea that everything always runs perfectly and straightforward is a concept devoid of any real-world basis. And yet we should stop to constantly try and see only the negative aspect of crises and understand that they are the precondition and the catalyst of any decisive personal development. Because growing is only possible is one also fails, doubts and questions.