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In these days of great confusion, one huge confusion has to do with education of the child.
What is the role of education?
What is its relationship to the future of life on the planet?
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The Child and the Future of the World is an intensive 2-day participatory seminar-conversation, led by Dr. Peter Guttenhöfer, exploring a radical new approach to education that can support the shaping a humane and ecologically viable future.
In the Survival Room of the Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab and outdoors in the park
1 September, 14.00 – 17.00 only
Participation is free, but contributions big and small, always welcome.
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MORE ABOUT THE FOCUS, PURPOSE AND RELATION TO SOCIAL SCULPTURE
This seminar-conversation, led by Peter Guttenhöfer, that shares insights and explores questions about ‘education for humane and ecological future’ grows out of Peter’s love of the child and the human being, and his in depth experience as a teacher and researcher, for over 4 decades, followed by more than a decade of working around the world to support new initiatives in the field he describes as ‘Handlungspädagogik’.
It shares many of the same sources as Beuys’ Social Sculpture proposals and offers an opportunity to come closer to the idea of a “school” as a social scuLpture.
A future education cannot be thought of otherwise than in close connection with agriculture, forest maintenance, horticulture and the crafts that go with it. Otherwise the alienation between humans and Earth will become deeper and deeper and the increasing death processes will lead to the total devastation of our planet. This also includes the development of new forms of economy, a completely different kind of teacher training and a new reflection on the importance of play, work and the arts for the development of children and young people.
Beuys 1984: “What needs to be secured is people’s wish to have precise knowledge and to handle the world today in the most fundamental way. It is all the worse when one does not understand materialism. This one-sidedness of human development must be overcome with regard to the great loss: the complete cutting off from spirituality even if the scientific content of thinking is important.”
These words precisely reflect the task of our time and the deeper impulses in the younger generation. Education for the future has to respond to this demand.
Peter Guttenhöfer currently works in many countries of the world inspiring and developing pedagogical initiatives in connection with ecological farming.