“Weltanschauung” is a German word which can be translated literally as “worldview.” However, they do not mean the exact same thing. “Weltanschauung” refers to a comprehensive philosophical understanding of the world, whereas “worldview” is something everyone has as a consequence of their sentience.
Sudbury students are better able to develop a Weltanschauung of their own because of the freedom afforded them. They are not told what to think or how, so they must decide for themselves how they view the world. Because of the free environment of a Sudbury school they regularly come across people or things that, either directly or indirectly, question their previous worldview. Through this process, Sudbury students learn to develop a complex ever evolving philosophical understanding of the universe.