Shaping Mature Citizens

The future of our society is shaped by the children and young people who are growing up today; therefore our schools play an integral part in shaping mature citizens with the greatest possible degree of participation, creative skills, and organizational competence. 

In today’s world, it is no longer paramount for students to fulfill their obligations and memorize facts. Persistency, creativity, lateral thinking and social competence are the skills that are much more important today than in the last century. However, none of this can be learned by heart, nor can one teach or measure them through performance assessments or standardized tests. Our schools are not prepared for the development of all these special skills. This might not have been so important in the life and professional world of the last century. What is currently being taught in our schools is therefore not enough to ensure the future viability of our society.

Children are born with an incredible desire to discover and shape themselves. Never again is a person so curious, so eager to discover and so creative, so enthusiastic to get to know life as at the beginning of his or her life. This enthusiasm, this enormous desire to learn and this incredible openness of the children are the real treasure of early childhood. And we must preserve and nurture this treasure better than before. For this we need schools that prevent what still happens too often, namely that children lose the desire and passion to learn.

Schools need to strive to develop lifelike education corresponding to the nature of children and young people from Kindergarten through high school highlighting the natural potentials and personal attributes of each. If this is successful, learning from Kindergarten to high school will prove to be a fun, joyful process and those involved will experience themselves as valuable, feel they are in good hands in their community and can thus better develop and foster their potential.

It is viable for students to foster dignified relationships that respect the integrity of their counterparts and are active in shaping their learning and teaching. They do not need to be driven by reward or punishment systems, but are inspired by access to their inner impulses and external stimuli, and wish to express themselves and be active on their own initiative. 

It is important that students learn how to cope with crises and for teachers to Lead with Compassion! Therefore, the content and objectives of the lessons should include personality development, lifestyle, and life skills training.

“Shaping life, not enduring life” – should be the motto for students.

This includes overcoming fears, reducing aggressions and learning relaxation techniques in the classroom.


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  1. Great read Petra….I love that you connected the wonder and thrust of early childhood to the adult skills needed in our ever changing world! You provide a strong platform for developmentally appropriate high quality early childhood educational experiences!


  2. I couldn’t agree more. Learning should be joyful and not be filled with punishments and rewards. I want my kids to want to go to school because it is a place they feel welcomed, cared for, and are truly interested in what they are learning.


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