Germany: Bildungsmisere instead of Bildungsortort
On the one hand, the place of education in Germany should be kept up; on the other hand, the universities with 160.000 are more than overwhelmed by additional study beginners. Leaders are the bachelor's graduates who no longer find a place to study for a Master.
In total, 5 billions of euros have been made available to remedy the misery - so Heinrich predicts. And at the same time he knows that it is not just about money: in his text he also raises the question of whether the funds were even used adequately.
The problem starts much earlier
This is exactly where the rabbit could be in the pepper. And the problem doesn't just affect universities, it starts with early childhood childcare. Word has gotten around how important early childhood education is for further life and learning.
From August 2013 a childcare place is to be available for every child from the first year of life. It is still not clear in Germany how to organize and finance this.
Learning from the Swedes
Now, a delegation from German ministries, country parties, youth offices, county and town councils traveled to Sweden at the invitation of the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. They want to learn how to create a good care offer with innovative ideas.
The good ideas are missing
In addition to the funds, there is simply a lack of good, innovative, sometimes even extraordinary ideas. Perhaps the Germans are getting in the way of overregulation here too. Or simply the child-hostile mentality.
In her article Grüneberg describes at least very successful and humorous the astonishment of the German guests, for example about the lunchtime sleeping places on the terrace and the mobile kindergarten in the bus - and the incomprehension of the Swedes with questions about parking licenses and residents complaints.
The problem applies to the whole education
The problem can easily be transferred to the entire education system right up to the higher education sector - there too the good ideas are lacking to turn the educational misery into a real educational location.
In order to return to Frank Heinrich, he proposed that the problem be solved, the economy should be boosted and the number of study places increased. I think we have to start much earlier. The Scandinavians, who are always at the forefront of the Pisa study, are showing us how to do it successfully.
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