The Bildung Rose is a description of society and an educational model for connecting our inner worlds to the society in which we live. Understanding the relationship between self and society is crucial because as societies become more complex, we too must change in order to survive and thrive. According to the model, societies evolve, grow and become more complex across seven domains: 1) production; 2) technology; 3) aesthetics; 4) power; 5) knowledge/science; 6) narrative, and 7) ethics. Given the complexity of modern society, there is an enormous challenge to foster the development of coherent identities that are flexible, adaptive, stable, and comfortable about learning and growing throughout life. Bildung refers to how education, enculturation, life experiences, and emotional and moral/ethical development cultivate responsible, reflective, and autonomous citizens (selves). It also refers to the result of such processes. Lene Rachel Andersen has invented The Bildung Rose and after a short introduction, we will explore to what extent existing educational systems provide this all-round understanding of society and self, and we will discuss what needs to improve.
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