Hey guys, a new topic for us, for new ideas and perhaps for a little philosophical talk as well. The Topic: The PERFECT School(-system) - what must a school offer? - what are the responsibilities of a school and a school-system? - what would it take to make a perfect school? What are your ideas? How could your countries school system be upgraded? What is your experience with school-reformations? How does your countries school-system even look like? And more into Detail: Is it necessary that a school evaluates and grades its students? What is the goal of the school (system): - preparing kids for their life as workers in the capitalistic industry - or "educating" them in the original meaning of "education"? (In German there's the term "Bildung" and there's a difference between "Ausbildung" (teaching someone in one special area) "Weiterbildung" (expanding the knowledge you already have in that area) and "Bildung" itself (which the dictionary translates as: accumulation, cultivation, creation, culture, education, formation...) ) The English education spans all three of those terms, so it's gonna be hard to make a difference between them, we can try nontheless -What kinds of things should it teach? Is the schoolsystem fair? Must it be fair, or should it sort the weaker ones out? Should citizens pay for (higher) education or is it the countries duty to provide free education for all? What about field-trips and scholarships? Fair or unfair? What should the maximum of students in one class be? What's the best learning and teaching method? Do Universities and Colleges fall into the category "school" or would you see them as individual research-centers, that are a world apart from normal schools? What's the difference between schools and Universities and Colleges? What role must a Kindergarten play? etc etc etc. The field is huge, so is the number of possible questions. Pick the ones you like or just state your personal philosophy about it all. I invite you to discuss everything that has to do with school and schoolforms and maybe at some point we can more or less agree on the perfect schoolsystem, present it to politicians and create a perfect world Let's try it.