Mr. Bachmann and His Class
Mr Bachmann is a 64-year-old comprehensive school teacher for class 6b at Georg-Büchner-Gesamtschule in Stadtallendorf, North Hesse. The class comprises a group of 12-14-year old students from nine different countries with varying levels of aptitude. The multiculturalism the children experience causes mild clashes due to largely religious, linguistic and ethical differences. The group is aware of societal pressure to achieve and they grapple with emotions ranging from pride to arrogance or anxiety. Mr Bachmann is determined to prove each child’s value and ensure they are equipped for high school. They are simultaneously trying to balance their individualism with their national identity. The school has a big responsibility to eradicate exclusion and marginalization, whilst being sensitive to the divides along cultural and academic lines. Mr Bachmann’s intimate, holistic and progressive approach to teaching elevates the bond between teacher and pupil and gives this story hope, yet, his unconventional methods are tested by the complexities of the social realities inherent in the provincial German industrial town.
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