Essay on Reforms of the German Education System
The abolition of the divided secondary school system and a prolonged integrated primary school
In Germany at present six- to ten-year-old pupils visit primary school from first to fourth form. At the age of ten an allocation takes place: the pupils are divided into four groups depending on intelligence and achievements at school. The Gymnasium', which is roughly equivalent to grammar school, is visited by the best ones, and their final examination after eight years of attendance, the Abitur' that more or less corresponds to A levels, allows them to go to university. The average pupils attend the so-called Realschule', and the weak ones go to the Hauptschule' for five respectively six years. …show more content…
A reform including the primary and secondary school is too expensive
Detractors of the present German education system may claim that the country does not possess enough money to accomplish such a reform, but how can we invest better than in our future?
One third of the German pupils attending primary and secondary schools have to repeat a school year. Those repetitions do not achieve the claimed reduction of individual deficits. The social and technical connection to the new class fails in most of the cases. Those pupils lose precious lifetime, confidence and motivation, and