The fatal consequences of the Russian war of aggression are currently dominating all public debates. In addition, it is completely lost sight of the fact that children and young people in Germany have not even remotely overcome the educational deficits that arose during the Corona crisis.
It is not yet possible to conclusively assess how severely the future prospects of an entire generation have been impaired in the past two and a half years. However, the new international study by the industrialized countries' organization OECD points to dramatic gaps that are not being addressed energetically enough, especially in Germany.
In this country, there were much longer school closures than in Switzerland, France or Sweden. Distance learning, if it took place at all, was usually less efficient than in other industrialized countries due to the digital backlog.
No wonder the proportion of local elementary school students who do not meet the minimum requirements in arithmetic or reading has risen dramatically. But there are also blatant deficits in secondary schools, which in many cases will hardly be able to be made up.
Not only for the young people affected, but also for society as a whole, this educational misery is a heavy burden that will enormously affect Germany's competitiveness. An aging population must do everything possible to enable the younger generation to cope with the challenges of the future. Failed school careers rarely lead to a successful career. Companies are already complaining about staff shortages across the board.
Relying on easier immigration as the answer now threatens to exacerbate the educational problem in the long term if schools and day-care centers are left alone with the resulting integration tasks. The acute shortage of teachers, despite the decent pay in international comparison, shows the frustration at the chronic misery at school.