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Interview on Children's Day: About Co-determination of Students from Ashersleben

Interview on Children’s Day: About Co-determination of Students from Ashersleben

Let’s forget the bad news. What other topics do you talk about with friends at school?

Julie: Myths. I have heard some myths. I really enjoy talking about it with others. For example, I often tell the legend of how the eagle saved the sun.

Lewis: All my friends are different. For example, I have a friend with whom I talk about conspiracy theories and another who talks about pictures or standards.

As children we take many of what they say and adults do not know what to say to others.


Louis Karin Hoopner

There are a lot of adult themes. Do you think that is an exception or that many children are interested in such things?

Lewis: A lot of people in my circle of friends are interested in it. Because history is a wonderful thing. It all comes from our world. You should already know a lot about his world. Most kids are really interested when you bring this up, and most kids are somewhat aware of what adults are talking about. As children we take many of what they say and adults do not know what to say to others.

Do you think children should talk about certain topics for adults? For example, when it comes to climate protection, many children and young people want to change something.

Lewis: Yes. Children generally know more than adults think. At school I also do a climate plan with some friends saying “Earth is not a trash can”.

What problems should adults determine for themselves?

Adults sometimes misjudge children – mainly because they forget what their childhood was like.


Louis Karin Hoopner

When it comes to certain topics, adults often say: You should not even discuss with children because they do not know enough. How do you like it?

Lewis: I understand when adults say, “You should not comment on that.” But you keep asking, if you take a few words, you just want to talk a little, and then you get crushed, it makes me feel bad. Because: I really know something about it, but I may put it in the wrong sentence. Adults sometimes misjudge children – mainly because they forget what their childhood was like.

So this is not about the decision for you. After all, you want people to talk to you about your ideas.

Julie: Yes, it is very easy. Our opinion is very important to us.

One day you can have your own children. What are your parents allowed to say in deciding today without you?

Julie: I will always think: Mom is very careful with me. She will always be scared when I cross the street. But if you think about it, what would I do if I had a baby? That’s right. I would never let it go to school first – it was so dangerous.