Last weekend I went to see the film Alphabet, by Erwin Wagenhofer, which I really enjoyed.
On the one hand there were lots of aspects that educationalists would already be well acquainted with, such as voiceovers from Sir Ken Robinson. However, there were anecdotes and stories from Germany, France and China that were particularly thought provoking too.
Without destroying the film for you, should you choose to see it…
One question it left me pondering more than ever was whether there was any point in a structured education system at all. Perhaps this would make a good EduCafe topic for a future event.
Another thought was provoked by a Chinese official who remarks that people see children as kites and we want them to fly high, but we also want to retain control by holding on to the kite’s string. I quite liked this as a metaphor for locus of control and it made me think about whether you need a string and, if so, how long it needs to be and who is holding it.
I’m also thinking about trying to organise a screening of this film for teachers, leaders, parents etc. Would you be interested?