question of The School: In my history class, students can bring in a lot of that lately opinions, or positions which are to me extremely uncomfortable and I would tie to the loved one. Other times, they are xenophobic, homophobic; here with an anti-Semitic undertone, as conspiracy theory leanings. How can I handle it wisely?

first, Let me more broadly. 50 years ago, the parents of the ‘ 68 Similar have experienced – just the opposite: The youth accused them Duckmäuserei during the Nazi era, wanted to abolish the German armed forces, criticized authority posturing, auto mania, and agricultural chemistry. That was prescient, at times understandable, at times unfair. The former revolt against old Taboos had not only reasonable proportions; it was also emotionally motivated. There’s a inter-generational dynamics at work, it was deferred due to provocation. Deep-psychologically expressed: In this revolt of the young against the Old plug, always positioning attempts and recognition wishes.

Delimit the adult world

The adults of the world today, the material demonstrates well-being, is extremely active, liberal, and tolerant. Who wants to delimit as a young man, has several different ways: denial of service, maybe Fiddling with drugs and violations of the current majority consensus in terms of liberality and tolerance.

Michael Felten

answers to your questions about the school. He has a daughter and has been working for over 30 years as a secondary school teacher. In addition to education counselors, he published questions numerous contributions to education. www.eltern-lehrer-fragen.de

Such political counter-positions lap of course also in the school. You should ignore them now, not for full take; or you should argue in terms of content, however, you might not even fight or prohibit? As with all pedagogical questions, there is no simple recipe, but first a question. How is the feelings of the teacher? Rejects the young man as a reactionary or spinnert? She gets scared, you could run out of arguments? She fears that the class could be infected with such opinions? They are anxious about their Image, if a colleague or head of the school of debates about tricky topics in your class?

as regards the case, to teachers and students: General education in democratic schools is doing something other than opinion or even fight. Young rebels of all kinds, not only the sympathetic to us, can and should Express themselves so well – but teachers must insist that it remains in the thematic frame and with comprehensible arguments happens.

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the question of Which school is the right one? As I talk to the teacher? Bad Grades? No Motivation? We collect questions from parents and students to school! The high school teacher Michael Felten responds. If you want to ask a question, write it below in the comment section of the article, or send an email to schulfrage@zeit.de.