“Where knowledge is dispensed in neat parcels, test sheets are compiled and completed: at team teach-ins, where international comparisons are drawn and modular studies take place – that’s where miseducation really is at its best …”
Konrad Paul Liessmann, who introduced the Theorie der Unbildung (Theory of Miseducation) to heated debate, refuses to let himself be dazzled by empty clichés, pseudo-revolutionary proclamations, romantic illusions or competition-fetishism.
No one quite seems to know what education means any more, but that does not stop everyone from demanding its reform. A veritable market niche has established itself with educational researchers and experts, agencies, testing institutes, lobbies – and of course educational politicians of all factions – all clamouring for attention.
Following his Theorie der Unbildung, Liessmann now looks at its practise. In his new book, the problems looming in classrooms, lecture halls, editorial offices, in the realms of virtual reality as well as real-world politics are subjected to trenchant criticism. But far from merely wallowing in the pleasure of polemicising, Liessmann has a serious practical concern: to shake up the education business and bring the educators to their senses, so that the true purpose of education can be reinstated.
„Geisterstunde” ist eine wunderbare Streitschrift. Fast jeder Satz verdient unterstrichen zu werden. Prof. Liessmanns Buch hat mich darin bestärkt, dass mein jahrzehntelanger Kampf gegen das utilitaristische Denken der Schulmanager und ihrer Gefolgsleute nicht umsonst gewesen ist, und hat in mir die Hoffnung genährt, dass die Musen eines Tages wieder verehrt werden. Vielen Dank.