How a high school prepares its students for tomorrow's world of work: majoring in economics and responsibility


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Gunter Dueck. A few months ago, the philosopher, speaker and former IBM manager demanded in the Enquete Commission of the German Bundestag "Internet and Digital Society" to integrate economic and entrepreneurial thinking and action into training. In southern Germany, practical private tuition is already being practiced at some private high schools. As at the Protestant boarding school Schloss Gaienhofen, which is not a business high school, but a "normal" high school. How does that concrete look?

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Zumwinkel's tax evasion on the curriculum

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The Lake Constance ripples outside, the last 13 classmakers indulge for their upcoming high school examination. Teacher Klaus Dinkelaker talks today about tax evasion with the example of Liechtenstein.

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How was it with the affair of ex-Postchef Klaus Zumwinkel? He hid several million euros in the Principality before the German financial authorities.

Sense and nonsense of manager salaries

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The students read a newspaper article, Dinkelaker launches his PowerPoint presentation. After a few "slides" follows a mix of frontal teaching and discussion.

The 19-year-olds talk about the sense and nonsense of millions of managers, the greed for more money, the global flight to taxpayers like Liechtenstein or the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

Basis for value orientation

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In 90 minutes formulate the 25 students more questions than answers: diligent, committed, no one talks in between, even the class Kasper reports brave.

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Not everyone has gotten one of the coveted course places, for some a welcome career springboard, to supplement the still young CV a little. Klaus Dinkelaker is satisfied. He wants his students to recognize the subtle differences in working life, to think about dilemmas, to learn to look from both sides.

Basics for a responsible job

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Suppose the students get a responsible job somewhere else in the world: In his lesson, the students are supposed to get the foundations along the way. They should become good, better managers - ethically, so his hope.

Dinkelaker's children have also attended his classes. His son starts an international consulting company for managers in the autumn. A classical bank theory before business studies would have found Father Dinkelaker in order.

Business and responsibility as a school subject

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Business terms such as buyout phase, CEO compensation or value chain have long been familiar to the students of the grammar school in Gaienhofen. From the 10. Class, they can apply for a place in the subject "Business and Responsibility", which is taught until graduation.

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But there is also religious education, where there are concepts like Christian charity, guilt and forgiveness. In some students, these concepts are more abstract than the commercial vocabulary.

"Morality and profit are not opposites for us"

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"Morality and profit are not opposites for us," says Dinkelacker. Together with his colleague Oliver Nöldeke, he has been teaching the subject for 5 years. Dinkelaker in English "business and society", Nöldeke in German "business and responsibility".

2007 started the first course, which so far has not been given in Germany. The school was advised by a team of economists. The people in charge had realized that it was too late to teach the economy until the course of studies.

Model project in the southwest

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Headmaster Dieter Toder hopes that his students will also take on responsibility for society in a globalized world of business. After school in rowboat, sailing or vocal ensemble.

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After graduation from high school and studying in the professional life somewhere in the republic or even abroad. Most students already know what they want to do, which subject they want to study from the winter semester.

Frederic Seng, for example, made his internship in England with a personnel agent specializing in aviation companies. There he improved his language skills, but he also noticed the lack of know-how. From October, he wants to study economic law.

A kind of advanced economics

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For Frederic, the subject "Economics and Responsibility" was a kind of advanced economics study: "I want to understand how Company tick, "says the 19 year-old.

Frederic has also learned something else: how prices are generated. And how they affect their affected, internationally operating companies through their daily grasp on the shop shelves.

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Economy soon regular subject in many other schools?

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It is foreseen that economics as a subject will soon be taught at many other schools. Globalization does not stop in front of the Gaienhofen Gymnasium.

His teachers have to react to global trends: "The experience from this can be incorporated into the further development of economic education at the Gymnasium," it says from the Ministry of Culture Stuttgart. Maybe not today. But the day after tomorrow.


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  1. Alessandro Vaninetti

    Great contribution, something would have to do more schools.

  2. Ludwig Fuest

    I can only advise anyone to start their own business. Being your own boss is the best thing you can do. Unfortunately, many do not dare to - especially because they have not learned something like this in school. A good approach here.

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