6 thoughts on “Germany – Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education”

  1. Since the students are divided into several groups/careers, could we make a judgement that the pressure of competition among the children is intensive, isn't it?

  2. My family is an immigrant family in the state of Bavaria.  My children and I spoke no German when we arrived. This video suggests that my children would be sent to Hauptschule after fourth grade, but that did not happen. My oldest child started in the fourth grade in Germany and my youngest child in the first grade. Both of my children started at the bottom of their classes but they improved steadily. My oldest child was given a spot in Gymnasium because of hard work and signs of steady improvement, and my youngest child will probably also go to Gymnasium. This is unusual for immigrant families who can not already speak German, but not because there is a bias against immigrants but because the system segregates children based on their willingness to work hard. The only thing I see wrong with it is that children under the age of 11 are mostly influenced by their parents willingness to ask them to work hard.

  3. Instead of just trying to "better diagnose" the kids so you don't accidentally sentence one to the Haupschule who doesn't "belong" there, the school system could abandon the whole three pillar concept and try to create equity like Finland.

  4. Wow, the German system really screws the kids who happen to not be top performers at ten. If I went to school in Germany, I'd probably have been stuck in the Haupschule. I'm sure many of the kids in the Haupschule are very bright. They should be able to reach their full potential.

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