Our game "Stakåndet" focuses on the confusion that many students feel in relation to the ever-changing announcements from the media, politicians and opinion makers regarding educational structures - all in a friendly and playful tone.
Politicians, journalists, trade unionists and principals from Denmark's educational institutions compete in receiving their bachelor's degree. The photo shows Vice Dean at Aarhus University Niels Lehmann and educational editor at Politiken Jacob Fuglsang. FOTO: ZEVEGRAF
Back to School
Our game 'Stakåndet' introduces the participants to the life as a student in 2016. In STAK we are studying different degrees but are all experiencing a fair amount of confusion and frustration regarding our studies. A confusion which resonates with our fellow students.
With it's interplay between rule changes and metaphors the game "Stakåndet" introduces the participants to the confusion we experience as students of today's system. The participants received a simple task: build a structure that can support a book. If the participants succeeded they would in return receive their bachelor's degree.
In STAK we see the level of confusion as a strong political message.
The frequency of the reformative changes in our education system is at risk of creating a sense of indifference in the danish students. The changes are all part of an international standardization of education inside the EU.
It is clear to STAK that international collaboration creates opportunities for us students, but at the same time we find that the international standardization renders the students rather passive. This experience of the system is creating a sense of indifference in both our fellow students and us.
Our game is not an elegy about the hard life of students – because we are actually doing really well. It is more an attempt to give the participants an insight into the constant changes of education and how it affects students. Our fear is that the Danish students will continue to feel pacified and confused long after their studies are finished… Life as a student is also a political life, but the frequency of structural changes in our individual paths may lead us to steep and perhaps even drop out.
As a student today you need to have nerves of steel and a very broad spectrum of skills. But you need the time and teachings to develop your qualities and competences. What is important to keep in mind is how it is in fact the students who dare to experiment and take risks and chances during their studies who become the most successful and innovative.
Our participants in the game "Stakåndet"
Henrik Busch // Associate Dean, Metropol Harald Mikkelsen // Rector, VIA Henrik Dam // Rector, University of Southern Denmark Lene Augusta Jørgensen // Rector, UC Jutland Anne-Birgitte Rasmussen // Chairman at Danske Gymnasier and head of Copenhagen Open Gymnasium Jørgen Rosted // Economist Stina Vrang Elias // CEO, Tænketanken DEA Jacob Fuglsang // Education Editor, Politiken Vibeke Rask Green // Freelance Journalist Rasmus Pontoppidan // Radikale Ungdom Svend Thorhauge // Det Radikale Venstre Niels Lehmann // Associate Dean, University of Aarhus
VIA UC produced a short film from 'Stakåndet' at Folkemødet - take a look...
Folkemødet takes place every year during week 24 on the Danish island of Bornholm. It takes place in the port city Allinge. Folkemødet is an annual reminder that the open Danish democracy is something to cherish and appreciate.
Part of 2017 Academy and Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture