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Our relationship to the Gymi is disturbed

it belongs to the Zurich-based media of the year, like Easter for the Church year: the excitement around the Gymiprüfung in March. Every year, it means that Too many come to the Gymi! Or: The Wrong! Or: The Girl! With good preparation, with the private Präpkursen, the supportive parents; or even: the Hard-working (oh, unheard of!).

While the a however, the selection cudgel, IQ challenge Tests, tightening your choice, suggest other new ways such as the abolition of the Langzeitgymis or, how about the Canton school teacher and education expert Andreas Pfister, a compulsory education to 18 which should result in around 30 percent a secondary-school, vocational and technical matura gain. So everyone would have quasi a Chance, the local labour market would be supported with well-armed young people and the inflow of foreign skilled workers reduced, the benefit from the easier access to studying in their home country.

The educational power of the purse

The opinions could not, therefore, go further apart. One but every year shows It creaks in the rafters of our education system.

reasons for this, there is certainly: So, the finances and the educational background of the parents determine to today, to a great extent, which type of school the adolescents attended. And in the meantime, word has gotten around: The most important resource of Switzerland is the formation; there is a lack of qualified High-and the individual capabilities are shrinking without an – any – a-levels, and the early choice of career is often wrong; and, not least, a resource-oriented, empowering pedagogy achieved much better results than a weaken-oriented selection of candidates. Nevertheless, the students should be throttled to pay the Langzeitgymi, and in the other a-levels-types of no rate increase in sight.

Therefore, a madman of pressure is placed on the schools, the students, the teachers. And it maintains a number of myths. So holds particularly under the Mint-teachers stubbornly of the opinion that the insufficient grade point average of a whole class in a Test, in essence, a performance is reported to the teacher, instead of a proof of pedagogical inability. Testimonials look there from time to time, as if to give a few teachers spontaneously a rounding Orgy. Often it is suggested, moreover, studied the Swiss as well as foreign parents to understand the dual System, with its alternative way of using the teaching for the Berufsmaturität (which does not count in the abroad, really).

however, It is overlooked that this System is at least anchored in the German-speaking neighbouring countries. And: The much quoted low youth unemployment in Germany – where, depending on the state, 30 to 50 percent of an age cohort of the General higher education entrance qualification to acquire – even lower than in Switzerland.

plus point International School

At once, surprised there's not more that the relatively high number of international schools in Zurich, according to the latest Mercer study contributes significantly to the world's second-highest quality of life in the city. If you look in the forums of Zurich Expats, you will find more complaints about the deficit orientation of the local schools: It advises to private school; in particular, "the sec" has a bad reputation.

Generally Run on private schools in the primary, as the secondary school in Zurich, unbroken. Also Swiss families and those living here for decades, decide to use you; some of these schools have been able to open up in the last few years, new classes. Where every Morning, also whole groups of students from Zurich drive to the German Waldshut, there (for free!) to visit the German Gymnasium. Other cross-border high schools in Singen or Konstanz has a similar following.

The local school system has many qualities and they also have wonderful, dedicated teachers. But that should not lead to lock themselves fanatically against the critical self-reflection and a larger Opening. the

(editorial Tamedia)

Created: 14.03.2019, 19:23 PM

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