The German School System | Meet The Germans


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The German School System | Meet The Germans



Do you know your “Gymnasium” from your “Gesamtschule”?
The German school system is certainly complicated. For this week’s Meet the Germans, Rachel heads back to the classroom to get to grips with the different types of schools and to find out what kids like about going to school in Germany.

Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer she casts a fresh eye over German clichés and shares her experiences of settling into German life. Every two weeks she explores a new topic – from German books to German-Turkish culture or Germany’s obsession with cars. This week: German schools and the education system.

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  1. und das ist die einfache Version ! Bester Satz…. aber ja viele Schulen sind echt runtergekommen und die ganze Beschwörung der Wichtigkeit von Bildung ist vor dem Hintergrund der mangelnden Ausstattung, Digitalisierung und Personalstärke echt ein Witz, ein trauriger Witz….. ist das Päda eigentlich ne Privatschule ??

  2. 8AM to 1 PM? In China, especially in the major cities, many students attend additional tutorials (Math, English or other languages, musical instruments, dance, culinary arts, etc) after their regular school hours.
    I worked as an English tutor for high school students in China for more than a decade. Many of my previous students are now graduates from universities across China, North America, & Europe and it gives me great joy whenever some of them still make time to contact me. Whether it's in Germany, China or elsewhere, I guess we teachers will always find it satisfying to be fondly remembered by our students.

  3. When I was in Gymnasium in the late 90's and early 2000's, we still had a zeroth hour. That's the lesson before the first lesson and it always started at 6 a.m, because the first lesson always started at 7 a.m when I was at school.
    I really hated the zeroth hour. Is that still the case in schools today?

  4. Thank you so much Rachel! I always send my American girlfriend who lives in the U.S your videos because sometimes it's hard to explain for me German stuff especially German education system…Not because of language but because it's so messed up and totally different compared to the U.S 😀

  5. Great video. Didnt realise home schooling is illegal in germany. Seems like a valid reason – in australia there is lots of home schooling, which often leads to kids with varied (poorer) abilities & problems with socialising with others especially when they enter the workforce.

  6. Glad homeschooling is illegal. Seen nothing good come from it in Canada, mostly when parents won't discipline their kids or understand their kids limitations they blame the teachers and pull them out and homeschooled. Teachers in Canada are highly paid and educated can't have someone duplicate that on the side while still managing life. For those in remote parts of the country there is correspondence learning which today is very digital and can have value but still not the same. In person school is very fundamental to socialized smart young adults.
    Thanks to DW for this video, the system in Germany has always intrigued me.

  7. Another big difference between Germany and UK is that in Germany you need to pass each year to progress to the next grade. In the UK people are automatically moved up every year, even in special circumstances (e.g. having moved from abroad, beriefment, long illness) repeating a year is not really an option. There is a small but significant group of young people who struggle to access the curriculum due to learning, emotional, behavioural or social problems and end up in year 11 without any qualifications. The idea of inclusion and getting rid of special needs schools sounds great in theory but does not necessarily translate into practice.

  8. Back in my college days a did a paper in German School system. It got turned down because History department was more interested in Jörn Rüsen work than the German Schooling system. Glad to see this video 🙂