A school without timetables and without votes in Berlin. And the results are seen

The purpose of this innovative educational method is to excite students, create a sense of responsibility and self-confidence in them. In addition to developing a more flexible intelligence

The school has many problems: precarious teachers, buildings that fall to pieces, obsolete study programs and far from real life. Result the students are less and less attentive (while for the hyperactive, the bench bike has arrived) and more and more bored.

The strategies experimented by various institutes to bridge this gap and awaken the attention of the students are many and among the most diversified. While the punishment with meditation is replaced in the Robert W. Coleman School in Baltimore, votes and timetables are eliminated at the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum (ESBZ). At least up to 15 years. Except for some compulsory subjects (German, mathematics, English and social sciences), students decide what to study and when to take exams. Among the disciplines of study appear "responsibility" and "challenge". For example, 14-year-olds are asked to organize an adventure with a 150-euro budget. So there are those who decide to go kayaking and who to work on a farm.

The Evangelische Schule, as reported by the Guardian, intends to respond to the needs of the labor market that calls for new intelligences. The intent is to convey to the students self-confidence, a sense of responsibility and the desire to face challenges independently.

Pupils are encouraged to develop a more flexible and less notional intelligence, to study not so much for competition and reward (hence the absence of votes, an aspect favored by many intellectuals, such as Noam Chomsky). The aim is to make them become passionate about what they study and to correctly apply the notions they learn. So instead of performing a math task, they are asked to program a video game. There is an analogy with the Montessori and Steiner method but the ESBZ insists on a system of stricter rules.

The project places the emphasis on social responsibility, on the ecological, cosmopolitan spirit and is based on trust and mutual respect: "We want every child to be perceived in his extraordinary and unrepeatable".

Experts raised doubts about the educational method of the ESBZ, wondering if it could train students in the classic sense of the term and whether it is an exportable model even in the most depressed areas of Berlin. Both questions had positive responses. The students of Evangelische Schule have achieved better results by average grade. From 2007, the year of its opening, students have gone from 16 to 500, with long waiting lists. In the rest of Germany, 40 schools are organizing to adopt its method.

However, the ESBZ is a private school, the costs vary between 700 and 6.330 euros. But the tuition depends on income. 5% of students are completely exempt.

One wonders if a school model of this type can also be applied in Italy.

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