Political Education and Farm Work
Students responded very positively to this approach to education. Wilhelm Jensen, one of the first students and the grandson of school director Karl Reinhardt, wrote enthusiastically in letters to his parents about his chemistry class, for example, in which learners were allowed to conduct their own experiments, or about Kurt Hahn’s class on civic education: “We are able to develop ourselves politically.” Along with theatre rehearsals, musical performances, excursions and athletic events, all of the students took part in local farm work. They helped out with the harvest, which in turn helped to supply the school with food. This concept was geared toward a holistic education involving head, heart and hand.