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October 10th, 2011, 20:02
THe last one is bitter reality. Already. There are in fact a few schools here in Germany I've heard from they are already teaching pupils how to fill out the needed forms … And apply for Hartz IV. These schools I speak from are of the lowest grades. We have here a (constantly defended by the conservatives) school form that consists of 3 schools :

Hauptschule - lowest grades
Realschule - middle
Gymnasium - only those who pass through these exams have the so-called "Abitur" and can go to university

The result of this "system" is that those who are the smallest IQ usually go to the Hauptschule - and even the smallest company is requiring the Abitur today ! The Realschule pupils are the middle ground - good IQ, practical, they used to end up in the crafts business. The Hauptschule pupils can get there, too, but as soon as a "human resources" rep reads "Abschluß : Hauptschule", they are doomed.
Everyone wants the ones with the highest IQ nowadays, I'd guess that a carpenter would prefer Einstein before everyone else, if he had applied.

So, the Hauptschule pupils have not much of a chance - especially in areas with more Gymnasiums. As a result, some teachers have begun to teach them how to fill out the forms and get Hart IV.

The really, really bad side - and this is one of Germany's fr greatest problems in education ! - is that the Hauptschule pupils are mostly immigrants. In Berlin it has evolved even so that some schools consist to 99 % of immigrants - and Germans get bullied.

That's the point where it dawned upon me tht there is something going wrong with Germany's education system. *Very* wrong.

And the PISA studies ALWAYS locate German at the end of the list, regarding education. And the conservatives … well, they downplay that list. They still praise the German system wherein three more or less "classes" are being produced. It' almost as if they want it that way.

Nowadays, the so-called "Fachkräftemangel" - lack of well trained professionals - kicks in. Of course, it's the industry's fault, because when the times were hard, they did not think of the future and thus did not train newlings. But rather than seeing that it is their fault, they begin to whine and cry out like … whiners and DEMAND the government to let immigrants easier into the country. Highly-qualified immigrants, of course, not those who aren't trained at all.

They also did so with the IT sector in 2002. The gov't gave them the so-called "green cards". Result : The employment market broke totally down. It needed almost 10 years to get to the former rate again.
And I was one of its victims, because right at that time I finished my IT training.
That's why I'm still bitter about what the government did, then, although it was a different government.
And that's why I'm so much frightened of the industry getting their "green cards" or an equivalent again.

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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