A Comparative Study of Young People in Germany and Japan- Educational Consequences
5. Postface: Educational Consequences
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Education is not filling barrels,
but fanning flames.
Considering the fact that apparently most of the German secondary school students, age 15/16 years old, do not believe in any higher sense of life, but just want to live, and that most of the Japanese students do believe in it, but confess they are still in search of finding it, we have to ask ourselves what could be a generalized “sense for all”, independent of age, sex, nation, special hobbies, etc. Such a “sense for all” going beyond any specific person-bound senses could then become a general goal of “education for all”, i.e. a goal for general education.
In this connection it is essential to look at those items of tasks 1 – 4 of the study reported here which have been marked by most students (more than ≈ 80%) of both populations indicating that these items were highly appreciated as something valuable in life. The items together would then, as a “commonly felt desire”, constitute an empirical basis for a general sense for all.
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