TRUST IN THE CHILDS NATURAL INTEREST IN LEARNING
LECTURE AND TALK WITH ANDRÉ STERN from Paris
“One tries to awaken a child’s interest in areas that it neglects, but it would be enough to give him the opportunity to devote himself to those that interest it.”
André Stern – didn’t go to school and still succeeds: in his lecture André Stern tells his story, the story of a child who never went to school. He tells the story in a vivid, charming and entertaining way. He was able to freely explore mathematics and technology as well as dance, literature, photography, guitar building and languages.
Thus his youth was rich in intensive learning experiences – and yet free of stress, competition, pressure to perform and the pursuit of good grades.
André Stern pleads for trust in the child’s natural predispositions and for the importance of letting children play undisturbed. Children who are treated with trust in their development will be able to get enthusiastic about everything they are interested in – and only those who are enthusiastic will learn in a playful, casual and happy way.
André Stern never went to school. He is the son of Arno Stern, an educationalist and researcher, whose work is based on the respect of spontaneous disposition of the human being.
André Stern has written about his unschooled life, and about his experience as a father, in two best-sellers, available in German, published by Editions Zabert Sandmann: “… Und ich war nie in der Schule“, 2009 (now in its 6th edition) and “Mein Vater, mein Freund“, 2011, co-written by Arno Stern (see publications)
The first one was published in French under the title “… Et je ne suis jamais allé à l’école”, by Actes Sud, 2011. It is now also available in Spanish under the title “Yo nunca fui a la escuela”, by Litera Libros (2013), in Italian by Nutrimenti (“Non sono mai andato a scuola” – 2014), in Hungarian by Ez Van Könyvek (“Es sosem jártam iskolába” – 2014″) and in polish bei Element Wydawnictwo (“…I nigdy nie chodziłem do szkoły” & “Siewcy entuzjazmu – 2016”).