Here is a famous joke:

On his way through the universe, planet EARTH meets another planet. The other planet asks the EARTH: “How are you?“ EARTH replies: ”I am not well, I suffer from Homo Sapiens“. The other planet has words of consolation: “Do not worry, this will soon be over”.

In, my intentions for this year have been written down as follows:

Presentations & Activities in 2018:

Wake up! The bell rings!

For me personally, the main topic in 2018 is how ruthlessly we destroy our environment and what are the consequences thereof. Besides, I am also concerned about the massive change due to the extremely fast technological progress, also known as “digitalization”.

In particular, I notice the social change in the world of adults. However, it seems that this change does not affect children and adolescents in their situations during day-care, kindergarden and school. We force our children to live a life that is the opposite of what we demand for ourselves.

As I see it, the destruction of our environment is an existential threat. Consequently, I feel rather convinced that humanity will only survive for a few more generations. I do not know if I should consider this a good thing or a bad thing, but I believe that, as long as we still exist, we should at least try to live in peace and happiness. And there is a little hope left in me that, in a digital world, we can limit the massive destruction of our environment a little bit.

So now I try to share my experience and knowledge during my presentations and interactions and to help especially young persons towards a happier and more successful life. Because this might be a small contribution towards a “slightly improved” world.

Let me give a short explanation and justification:


  • Grown-ups want self-determination and respnosibility. Children must obey.
  • The time spent at work decreases for adults, it increases for students.
  • Grown-ups want to move around, children have to sit still.
  • Leadership wants to make grown-ups look bigger, school makes children look small.
  • Grown-ups get flexible work hours. Children must be on time and get all-day schools.
  • Grown-ups want to be motivated intrinsically , children are motivated extrinsically.
  • Grown-ups want to share their experiences and learn together, children are trained and must learn by heart.
  • Grown-ups want to find self-fulfillment at work and joy. Children have to learn things that nobody ever needs and that the grown-ups themselves, too, can no longer master. 
(I will write a separate article on this).
  • Grown-ups live active lives, they strive towards work-life balance. This is unknown in day-care centres, kindergardens and schools.


Perhaps we would create a more peaceful and less evil world if we treated our children like human beings. Maybe then they would turn into happy adults who can do without consumption and wars. And perhaps they would stop damaging our planet in the self-destructive way in which our generation is currently doing it.

(Translated by EG)

Here is a presentation by Bruno Gantenberg on „unSchooling“. It makes many things clear.

4 Kommentare zu “Why do Only the Grown-Ups Benefit from Positive Change, but not the Children?”

  1. Veronika Lévesque (Monday April 16th, 2018)

    Ich hätte da auch eine Anregung – agil Lernen und Lehren als Hanslungsoption. Eine Gruppe von ca. 15 Spinnern aus allen Schulstufen und Hochschule und Berufsbildung und Lernen ausserhalb von Schule und Unterricht hat sich zum fundiert lustvoll zusammen Schule und Lernen und Lehren frei denken zusammengefunden. Und baut an der ersten Veranstaltung… wer gucken mag:

  2. rd (Monday April 16th, 2018)

    Finde ich toll!

  3. Thomas Kleiner (Monday April 16th, 2018)

    Lieber Roland, ich danke Dir für die prägnante Diagnose zur Diskrepanz zwischen vermeintlich selbstbestimmtem Erwachsenenleben und fremdbestimmten Kindsein. Ich bin auch sehr froh, liebe Frau Levesque, von Ihrer Initiative zu lesen, die mir einige richtige Antworten auf Rolands Diagnose zu liefern scheint.
    Die Problemdiagnose scheint klar und unbestritten zu sein: Kinder wollen gerne lernen, aber zumeist scheitert dieses Wollen an Strukturen, die durch Erwachsene definiert und durchgesetzt werden.
    Wenn dies überwiegend so ist: warum fordern wir dann nicht ein Grundrecht auf kindergerechtes, kinderbestimmtes Lernen? Meiner persönlichen Meinung nach könnte diese Fordern (etwa durch ein Bürger- oder Volksbegehren) den Aufmerksamkeitsfokus auf dieses Thema mehr verdichten als einzelne (so sehr ich diese schätze und den mut dahinter bewundere) Initiativen.
    Herzliche Grüße Thomas Kleiner

  4. rd (Tuesday April 17th, 2018)

    Lieber Thomas – ist schön mal wieder von Dir zu hören!

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