Learning without School – When Adolescents taking over Responsibility
Almost ten years’ experience in our farm school near Potsdam/Germany have shown evidence that we have to substantially rethink our understanding of responsibility and understanding of adolescents. Placing the responsibility in the hands of students will not create chaos or disorder, but enables meaningful and sustainable learning experiences for adolescents. “Stop talking and planning – just start” is one of the most important findings of that project. Change is possible in almost every setting and circumstances.
In the keynote, I will address the lessons learnt from our adolescent programmes and point out necessary next steps for secondary education.
The forum aims at forming a network of farm and secondary schools associated with Montessori Europe to create a working space for exchange and co-operation.
Ulrike Kegler is a Montessori school leader and evangelist for fundamental change in the school system in Germany and Europe. She has reactivated a dying public school in Potsdam into a well-recognized Montessori school, awarded with the German School Award in 2007. She initiated a farm school project in 2007 near Potsdam to address the special needs of adolescents. She works as board member and consultant in many reform initiatives in Germany and abroad. Ulrike is married and has three adult sons.