© HKW, Käthe Wenzel
In the 1950s, the CDU embraced the slogan, “No experiments!” But in the following two decades, society demanded change. School and educational policy worldwide experimented with new ideas. The radical gesture of that era has long since faded. But education must always question itself, even today.
Exhibitions such as Education Shock or The Whole Earth provide insights into old and new educational experiments. In the 1960s, the Whole Earth Catalog collected environmentally friendly products for the counterculture. Steve Jobs considered it the bible of his generation. The Catalog proclaimed: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” It’s in this spirit that Cultural Education works on new ideas. In Connected Learning, students develop their own digital learning proposals together with professionals and friends. The real-life laboratory takes a close look at neighborhoods, schools and stages.
Many of the past experiments turned out to be moving on the wrong track. But even a failed experiment is a good experiment.