“Alphabet” by Erwin Wagenhofer

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?




2 thoughts on ““Alphabet” by Erwin Wagenhofer

  1. I would be interested in a film viewing if one can be arranged. The kite analogy works for teachers and management as well I think. I had the pleasure of visiting Woolston School yesterday where we met the AP, Suzie Ward. She showed us their MLE and explained how their pedagogical approach worked in the architecture. As part of that she was talking about being allowed to develop their own way planning, which made me think how lucky I had been, never to have worked in a school where planning formats were mandated. It seems that some schools have very strong, heavyweight string attached to teachers, whose flight possibilities are therefore limited!

    Maybe the analogy of a team skydivers is a way of looking at this. By linking together they make a more interesting, collaborative, creative whole – individually, they just fall out of the sky.


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