Last Day of the Forum

June 14, 2007 at 8:14 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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So today I am going to go home and leave the forum. While I am writing this, I am eavesdropping on a phone conversation between the owner of this internet café who is calling his daughter’s teacher to complain about her incompetency as an educator. Quite interesting. Parents in Germany have become VERY concerned about the quality of teaching their children receive, meaning that the teaching profession is becoming increasingly difficult. I am glad that I am not the one who has to decide between what’s true or false in this case. He’s talking to her right now – or has been silent/silenced for a while now. I am sooo looking forward to a future where I won’t be in charge of and responsible for someone else’s education any more (as people seem to increasingly believe that going to school means to give the responsibility for your learning to someone else).

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  1. True–especially since education is increasingly not free any more and instead begins to imitate a US model. Consequently, if you make people pay for their children’s education, who could blame them for thinking they are paying for a service and treating the teachers accordingly? Seems like a logical non-sequitur to pay for something and then see your kid flunk out, or not get the best education possible. But, alas, this is just one of the millions of non-sequiturs introduced by people who think that (free-market) capitalism can solve all problems.

  2. yup, it’s exactly that spirit – although the amount of private school is still very small and I can hardly imagine that there would be one in Reichensberg. Glad to be able to get away from teaching soon.


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