Schools of Tomorrow


2017, May 04, Thu — 2017, May 06, Sat

Chica demountable child's chairs 1971. Design by: Donato D'Urbino, Jonathan De Pas, Paolo Lomazzi, Giorgio DeCurso | © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

Chica demountable child's chairs 1971. Design by: Donato D'Urbino, Jonathan De Pas, Paolo Lomazzi, Giorgio DeCurso | © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

Which educational futures could guide our thinking and actions if we see schools as laboratories of tomorrow’s society? What do digitalization and demographic transition mean for learning in a migration society? What new alliances could strengthen schools as social places? In what ways can art advance change? And how would students organize learning in their model school?

One hundred years ago, educational reformers across the globe strove to create the foundation for new methods of learning and teaching. Industrialization, worldwide migration and urbanization led to profound upheavals, to which progressive educational reformers responded with new school concepts. In his groundbreaking 1915 publication "Schools of To-Morrow" the philosopher und educator John Dewey and his daughter Evelyn Dewey laid out his teaching theories based on a series of school experiments in the United States. His educational approach, which intended to prepare students to actively take part in shaping society, continues to have an effect today. Based on Dewey’s ideas, Schools of Tomorrow is examining current examples from international practice as well as experimental school practices from the twentieth century, thus developing fields of action and themes that can identify new pathways for learning.

At a kick-off conference from May 4 – 6, 2017, international educational theorists and practitioners, artists, parents, and students will discuss how schools can shape the future. The results of the conference will form the starting point for a series of school projects that will be implemented together with partners across Europe in the 2017-2018 school year. A competition for ideas asks students in Germany and Austria how they would organize their model school. In June 2018, HKW will present selected school projects and the results of the ideas competition at a closing presentation.

Curated by Silvia Fehrmann
“Schools of Tomorrow” takes place as part of the HKW series 100 Years of Now.

Kick-off conference: May 4 – 6, 2017