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We need a turning point in schools

The term "turning point" is popular.

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We need a turning point in schools

The term "turning point" is popular. But not only Germany's military capability has been neglected and underfunded for years - it's no different in the schools. A crisis has developed there, fueled in part by the pandemic and the Ukraine war and the refugee movement, the danger of which cannot be overestimated. The education bureaucracy fails to correctly predict the need for teachers and, if you believe the teachers' unions, calculates the numbers nicely to this day.

The federal states do not manage to reconcile the forecast demand and the number of teaching graduates. The proportion of elementary school students who fail to meet the minimum standards in German and mathematics is increasing dramatically - partly due to the school closures during the corona pandemic.

At the same time, more and more students are being taught by career changers, who often lack pedagogical knowledge and who, poorly prepared, are sent to the most difficult classes and burned out there. And every year around 40,000 children and young people leave school without a qualification.

A turning point is also needed in the school system. The national education summit is at least a signal that the problem has been recognized. What shall we do? In an international comparison, Germany invests rather little in day-care centers and primary schools.

But that's where the foundations are laid. It is therefore worth starting right there – for example, we should train more teachers who can teach German as a second language. We should also free educators from the rampant compulsion to log anything and everything and write concepts. And finally, we should above all support the hotspot schools with money and good staff.

The prosperity of this aging country is based on the diligence and intelligence of its people - we cannot do without any of them. We mustn't mess it up.

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