Gabriel Groiss

Eight central aspects of quality in education and the need for Democratic Education

Everybody is talking about the need to change education. The United Nations put “Quality Education” as Global Goal 4 in their 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030.

But when looking at what it is referred to, you find mainly targets on non-discriminational and equal access to school education itself, and some on entrepreneurship, universal literacy and numeracy, and sustainability and global citizenship.

This is obviously fundamental and important, but it does not describe specific pedagogical criteria or educational practice of centers where millions of children spend their daily life for many years during the most sensitive period of their lives.

So what does quality in education mean or should look like for the children?

How should children be treated and allowed to develop in pedagogical settings?

The compact list of “8 Central aspects of quality in education” is the attempt to give a very direct resume about which up to date core concepts in education really make the difference.

…specially in times where everybody is asking for change.

And this need for change is not just coming from a pedagogical perspective. Our society needs to change for survival, and therefore education is a crucial element.

What is going wrong, and what solutions offer Democratic Education to these problems…?

In this opening talk we will get an overview about fundamentals of educational practice in a very concrete way, covering the basics to continue talking from here…