(Humility, respect and courage; 01-02; p.2)
There has been considerable public hurly-burly
about the findings: some people, most of them not directly involved
in educational matters made even more suggestions. If anything
changes remains open. - Reasons for that are neither individual
inability nor malicious omission but functional preferences of
rationality. Employers e.g. do have an interest in adequately
educated employees, politicians do have an interest in adequately
educated managers and entrepreneurs, parents do have an interest
in adequately educated children.
But education consists of instruction and training
as well as of upbringing. Both aspects are mainly left to teachers
or those working in the cultural sector. Prof Volker Ladenthin,
pedagogue at Bonn University, argued that paying no attention
to the aspect of upbringing is similar to refraining from prevention
of terrorism (cf. Ladenthin: "Terrorismus und Bildung"
in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 19/03/02). Even if one does not conjure
up such drastic consequences, it is worth spending a thought on
the criteria dominating the German discussion about quality in
education. Are they in accordance with the needs of individuals
to be educated and are they useful for society?
Since the 1970s especially curriculae of secondary
schools became more professionalised, higher education is to follow
soon by the introduction of BA/MA structures. "Professionalised"
in this context means that schools and universities are more orientated
towards occupational profiles and pupils and students have to
decide earlier about there careers. Most obvious in this respect
is the forced development of language learning and electronic
data processing on primary school level already. Another example
is the foundation of special "Wirtschaftsgymnasien",
a form of secondary school at which pupils are taught economics
to A levels. (read on here)