Bildungtainment Center 2020

Welcome to the European Bildung Day Bildungtainment Center 2020

We wanted to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration somehow, but simply could not figure out how to squeeze a symphony orchestra and 45 minutes of fireworks into the website. So, instead, we created this page.

The quiz was open May 8th and May 9th during the European Bildung Day 2020 conference. You are free to take the quiz, but you cannot win anything now.

Please enjoy!

In Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

What do you think?

Meet Jeroen van der Moost

Keynote speaker Friday — to see more of his art, go to

The Bildung Song

You will just have to imagine the conference dinner and see if you can sing it by yourself…

Get The Lyrics

Music: Alley Cat, Bent Fabric
Lyrics: Lene Rachel Andersen

What is it that makes me happy every day?
Savvy and not a fool?
(it’s Bildung!)
Keeps most trouble far away,
And makes me really cool?

What is it that makes me take one for the team?
Even though it may suck?
(it’s Bildung!)
Gives me my autonomy
When others act en bloc?

It’s Bildung, you know,
It’s making us grow,
And Bildung we know
From German philosophy and Pestalozzi

What is it that spreadsheets cannot grasp at all,
Even though some may try?
(It’s Bildung!)
Makes the PISA hit the wall,
And makes bureaucracy cry?

What is it New Public Management won’t get,
‘cause it won’t fit the forms?
(It’s Bildung!)
Will defy all measurement,
Challenge the gen’ral norms?

What is it that Herder showed in history,
(It’s Bildung!)
Goethe’s Werter, how did he
Fight ‘till he could no more?

It’s Bildung, you know,
It’s making us grow,
And Bildung we know
From German philosophy and Pestalozzi

What is it that freedom and democracy
Have at their very core?
(it’s Bildung!)
Guarantees our liberties,
Dissident fun galore?

It’s Bildung, you know,
It’s making us grow,
And Bildung we know
From German philosophy and Pestalozzi
We do!

Bent Fabricius Bjerre a.k.a. Bent Fabric won a Grammy for Alley Cat in 1962.

The Schuman Declaration

Bildung Quiz

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The Nordic Secret

Take our quiz and win the book.

The first three people to get all the questions right win Lene Rachel Andersen’s and Tomas Björkman’s book The Nordic Secret.

Corona Bildung

Friedrich Schiller talked about two kinds of aesthetics:

First there are the calming aesthetics that align us with society and turn us into rational people (Pestalozzi, the Swiss pedagogue, was less politically correct and called it to be domesticated like a pet (Haustier)).

Second, there are the envigorating aesthetics that wake us up and turn us into moral people who can think for ourselves and handle political freedom.

Do you find any of the videos below calming or envigorating?

Italian Corona Aesthetics

Same Corona Aesthetics in English

Chinese Corona Aesthetics

European bildung goodies for which we can take absolutely no credit at all

The EU Loved by the British

Italian Music Loved by the Danes

The US Loved by the Dutch

The EU Loved by the British

British Education

One Greek Loving Brit

Same Greek Loving Brit as Above

Some Roman Loving Brits

Peace of Westphalia

Don’t Mention the War

Don’t Mention the War

Don’t Mention the War

Funny thing: we probably don’t even have to show you the original clip.

Finnish Mosters Quoting Bible

Ukranians as Martians

Germans as Mongolian War Lord

Swedes Identifying with French Emperor

German Pop Band Supposed to Look American Unknown Outside Europe With Strangest Dance Moves Singing About Scharlatan Charming Russian Zar

Strauss Glorifying Austrian General of Czeck Descent in Napoleonic Wars Ending up Ruling in Italy

Colonial Bildung to the North

Colonial Bildung to the South

Turkish Love of an Italian Song

Chopin or Shopping?

Beethoven Composing Modernity

Grieg Composing the 1700s

Mozart Quoting Goethe

The EU Facing Corona?