Issue 2/2020, 112. Volume Page 216–228
The Fridays for Future Movement as Challenge for the School – A School-Critical Essay
The school strike of the Fridays for Future initiative has given new priority to the question of the function of the current school. In view of the upcoming socio-ecological crises, the question is to what extent schools are realizing these demands. For on the one hand, expectations in education are high in view of the global challenges. At the same time, the school strike of the Fridays for Future movement also documents that a part of the students consider protest (at least on a daily basis) more relevant than learning at school. Th e protest of the students is not primarily directed at the school, but through the strike students make themselves heard for their concern to confront society and politics with the fact that the future is being taken away from the upcoming generation. In this way, a political demand becomes perceptible which might otherwise have remained within the schools in which children and young people have to stay. Furthermore, the topic not only calls up the opportunities, but also the limits of pedagogical activity and points to the problems that a pedagogization of political confl icts brings with it. The thesis is that teaching which aims to prepare today’s children and young people for the uncertainties of socio-ecological crises and challenges such as post-growth or civilized communitization in the face of increasing scarcity of resources will hardly be able to achieve this with traditional forms of knowledge, mediation, and education to meritocracy.
school critics, school theory, education theory, transformation, pedagogization, compulsory education