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Speak German on school grounds, FDP urges

The Local · 13 Oct 2010, 08:53

Published: 13 Oct 2010 08:53 GMT+02:00

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Christian Lindner, chairman of governing coalition partners the Free Democrats (FDP), told daily Bild's Wednesday edition that having students speak a common language whenever on school grounds would help stop certain groups becoming isolated.

“In some schools Germans are by now the minority. It helps integration if German spoken there not only in the classroom, but also in the playground,” Lindner told the paper.

There must be “no exclusion in any direction,” he said.

At some schools, there had already been an agreement between teachers, parents and students to make speaking German a responsibility, he said.

This was “a good example for others.”

There has been renewed criticism, meanwhile, of remarks at the weekend by Horst Seehofer, the leader of the Bavarian conservatives, the Christian Social Union, that Germany should stop recruiting skilled migrants from Muslim cultures. That criticism has come from Seehofer's own conservative allies, the Christian Democratic Union.

“We need immigration and a modern migration policy – that applies for Germany and it applies especially for Saxony,” Saxony's Interior Minister Markus Ulbig told the Financial Times Deutschland.

The demographic problem of a declining population and fewer workers relative to retirees was worse in the former eastern states, he said.

“In 10 years, there will be 1.3 million fewer people living in Saxony than in 1990,” Ulbig said. That was as many people as currently lived in Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz.

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09:33 October 13, 2010 by tallady
This seems like a reasonable request..What about the children that do not speak German,,for example only Turkish?

My children go to a English-German bilingual school but I would like to know..Do children in a main stream German school have an integration course for learning German if their mother tongue is other??
11:06 October 13, 2010 by munichiscool
I hope the following article will show a little bit facts for many people. (But if only you want to understand :) )

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,722716,00.html
11:23 October 13, 2010 by raandy
Thanks munichiscool...good read and well stated.
12:53 October 13, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
I am a bit confused by the editing here -- does Lindner actually advocate "compelling" school children to speak German even on the school playground (as the lead sentence indicates), or does he advocate German as a common language on school playgrounds (as his quotations indicate)? There is a big, big difference here and The Local presents a confusing story. Thanks, editors. Talllady, I agree that advocating a common language is a good idea and a reasonable request. But compelling children to speak German on the school playground -- would this even be legal? Legalities aside, it seems a pretty brutal way to treat children. Speaking as a schoolteacher, I would hate to be strongarmed into becoming an agent of such state-mandated harassment of children. And munichiscool, thanks for reference -- it seems that statistical facts paint quite a different picture of the "Islamization" of Germany than the anti-immigrant hysterics would have us believe.
21:15 October 13, 2010 by Feodora
I think it should not be forbidden to talk in the motherlanguage, because than we are not better than the stalinist in russia, who forbade the german-russian to talk in german, even at home.

All people living in germany should have the possibility to talk in their own language ASWELL should get any help (not force) to learn german properly . There should be attraktive prgramms. On the one hand we exclude them by words like "Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund" but on the other hand they should give up anything esp their language of their culture.

We arent afraid of spanish rissian, english, hindi, korean, french ... - speaking people, why are we afraid of tukish and arbaic speaking???
10:11 October 16, 2010 by StephenTTDuffy
In Australia during and after WWI, BY GOVERNMENT ORDER, ethnic German children were forced to speak English in the class and playground. Church services in Lutheran Churches where Germans were the majority, were switched to English. German newspapers were closed. German towns were renamed. And ethnic German males (irrespective of holding Australian citizenship) were put in detention camps for the duration.

It is a slippery slope that such politicians in Germany are advocating. But yes... it was 'successful'. It did lead to integration. Germans Anglo-cised their names (Schneider to Tailor, Schmitt to Smith etc etc) so as to avoid the stigma of their heritage. The only German community that exists in Australia is the post WWII one. Everyone else was INTEGRATED.

Conservative German politicans seem to act like Daleks when it comes to mulit-culturalism. "Integrate! Integrate! Integrate!"
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