School and the individual

Class schedule, primary school, 1924/25.

School daze: agony and ecstasy

The educator Comenius, contemplating the opportunities for development available to people some three hundred years ago, exclaimed, "Teach everyone everything!"

The exhibition illustrates how school has provided important stimulation over the centuries but sometimes also leaves students overtaxed or bored. The articles include crib sheets, notes that students passed secretly under their desks, the lesson books of Nobel laureates, and bags of treats given to students on the first day of class in 1930. Pupils in Nuremberg today talk about how they deal with the pressure to perform. Schoolchildren from the 16th and 19th centuries tell how education helped them overcome social obstacles.