Understanding democracy - Time Travel back to the year 1890 in the Kalmar County Sweden
Now we are taking ourselves back to the old times that perhaps is also the new, modern time.
How shall we take in all the new and what will we keep of the old? Which way should we chose, what kind of future do you want?
Listening to the words above, all the grade 8 learners at Paradisskolan in Nybro, travelled back to the year 1890. The reason was to learn about the past and also, at the same time, about themselves today when so many of us take conditions in our society for granted. The Time Travel is a close cooperation between the school and the Kalmar County Museum, part of education and linked to most school subjects.
Sweden in 1890 was not democratic. There was a big difference between people; rich and poor, men and women, conditions for people in the cities and people on the countryside etcetera. Not at all like young people in Sweden of today are used to.
You can say the Time Travel gave the learners an extra opportunity to realize and experience all that and also, after the Time Travel, make reflections comparing now and then…
Some of the comments:
Back then you had to “stick together”, you couldn’t manage on your own (and perhaps be lonely), like today. We are so lucky we live today when men and women are more equal. It’s easier to understand what it was like when you put yourself into “another persons shoes” like this.
Helen Eklund /Kalmar County Museum, Sweden
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