8th IB Week – Knowledgeable – 09/17


“We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global signi­cance.”

“I know a lot, and yet I’m not all-knowing.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust I, Vers 601 / Wagner

Goethe had a decisive influence on the cultural history of the German language. From classicism and romanticism it is understood that man is curious by nature, wants to know more and more, but in the end, unfortunately, he cannot know everything – no matter how powerful his general knowledge. Man has a quasi-biological “impetus for knowledge.”

However, the quest for knowledge is a standard in Western culture that is the end in itself. It is no wonder that all the developed industrial nations of the world continue to invest public money in research.

Every school must exploit this natural curiosity for knowledge, strengthen it, and channel it into action. Particularly in today’s rapid attainment of digital information it is crucial for students to also develop the social, methodological, and inner development necessary to properly classify this digital knowledge, to distinguish the essential from the non-essential, and also to learn to verify its trustworthiness.

For us, as an IB school, the channeling of our students’ natural curiosity depends on their individual interest, that is, their predisposition – this is manifested in the choice of subjects in the IB diploma program in High School. Of course, as a school based on action skills, we want this knowledge to be applied in a practical and pragmatic way.

We work with our students to develop a conceptual view of the world. They should analyze and synthesize problem based solutions, leveraging experience with similar or equal problems. Students should be able to independently identify new problems and solve them successfully, thanks to their integrated thought developed and their extensive general knowledge.

The children of the lords, as future leaders, will need these exact conceptual skills. These enable good practice in relation to the key competencies of a modern leader: they are difficult decision-making skills, inspiration for superior visions and ideas for common goals, strategic thinking, discovery of new opportunities, recognition of new threats, and effective and efficient communication.