A new kindergarten allows preschoolers to vote on their day care routines

Beyond teaching children to treat their peers well, a new kindergarten in northern Germany wants to expose children to the idea of democracy. The Dolli-Einstein-Haus in Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein is like any other German preschool despite one thing: it wants to ensure that the students have a voice.

Children have the opportunity to vote on food, placing stones on marked boxes to vote for what they want to eat next. What's more, there are voting conferences held once a week where elected student representatives discuss, debate and vote on different topics like which toys to order. All votes are anonymous and obviously, the majority vote wins.

Although a simple concept, the idea is to teach children early on what it means to have rights and learn more about the democratic process. Germany has a long tumultuous history implementing the ideals of democracy, but has proactively worked to reconcile the past and the present, pushing for democratic ideals to reshape its culture and political process.

 

Beyond teaching children to treat their peers well, a new kindergarten in northern Germany wants to expose children to the idea of democracy. The Dolli-Einstein-Haus in Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein is like any other German preschool despite one thing: it wants to ensure that the students have a voice.

Children have the opportunity to vote on food, placing stones on marked boxes to vote for what they want to eat next. What's more, there are voting conferences held once a week where elected student representatives discuss, debate and vote on different topics like which toys to order. All votes are anonymous and obviously, the majority vote wins.