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School books CAN call D-Day 'invasion': Berlin court
The Normandy landings. Photo: DPA

School books CAN call D-Day 'invasion': Berlin court
1 day ago

A parent demanded that a book taught at his son’s school which described the Second World War D-Day landings as an invasion be taken off the curriculum. A Berlin court disagreed.

Why educated Germans avoid social media
Hint: it's not because of the young people. Photo: DPA

Why educated Germans avoid social media
December 22, 2015

Statistics show that unlike other industrial nations, more highly-educated Germans avoid social networks than people with little or no education. The Local uncovers the facts behind the figures.

Bremerhaven zoo greets baby polar bear
Valeska the polar bear curls up protectively around her cub. Photo: Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven

Bremerhaven zoo greets baby polar bear
December 21, 2015

Bremerhaven's Zoo by the Sea (Zoo am Meer) was celebrating this week after the latest happy event for mother polar bear Valeska.

Berlin museum hopes giant T-Rex will be big hit
Tristan will "transform the perception" of the museum, said Vogel. Photo: Hannah Butler

Berlin museum hopes giant T-Rex will be big hit
December 16, 2015

With the Berlin Natural History Museum preparing to display Europe's first ever Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton this week, The Local spoke to Prof. Johannes Vogel, museum director, to find out what makes Tristan the T-Rex so important.

Why homework is a total waste of kids’ time
Should children only learn at school? Photo: DPA

Why homework is a total waste of kids’ time
December 04, 2015

A new book called “Homework, no thanks!” has caused a storm among parents and teachers in Germany due to its claim that giving children homework is an exercise in pointlessness.

Berlin named Germany's best city for students
Two students sit beneath the statue of Alexander von Humboldt outside the Humboldt University on Unter den Linden. Photo: DPA

Berlin named Germany's best city for students
December 01, 2015

Berlin has been named the best city in Germany for students in 2016, leaping up a global ranking in the last 12 months to overtake Munich.

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5 ways German schools trump the US and UK
Students in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

5 ways German schools trump the US and UK
November 25, 2015

A new report reveals how Germany's education system stacks up against the United States and the UK - with good news for kids in the Federal Republic.

German astronaut calls for 'peace and tolerance'
Alexander Gerst (l) with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Stralsund on Friday. Photo: DPA

German astronaut calls for 'peace and tolerance'
November 20, 2015

German astronaut Alexander Gerst used a public appearance alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to urge children to care for the planet and for peace in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Teens' New York jaunt costs Berlin €40,000
Photos: DPA

Teens' New York jaunt costs Berlin €40,000
November 04, 2015

A Berlin school shocked authorities when it applied for a subsidy of over €38,000 to take 15 pupils on a week-long class trip to New York to improve their English.

Germany slips out of global top ten in English
A Bavarian child practices English sentences at school. File photo: DPA

Germany slips out of global top ten in English
November 03, 2015

Germany has dropped out of the top ten in an annual study of English proficiency levels worldwide despite improving its performance, a study published on Tuesday showed.

German universities gain ground in world rankings
Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University was once again cock of the walk. Photo: DPA

German universities gain ground in world rankings
October 01, 2015

The number of German universities among the world's top 200 has almost doubled since this time last year. The Local asked rankings compilers Times Higher Education what's put such a spring in their step.

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Studying in Germany left me down in the dumps
Students in a lecture theatre at Cologne University. Photo: DPA

Studying in Germany left me down in the dumps
September 01, 2015

Finnish student Juuso Nisula moved to Cologne to study business administration, but found a catalogue of failings instead in the model of German educational efficiency he was expecting. He explains just what went wrong - and how to fix it - in an opinion piece republished by The Local.

Museum opens world of the Brothers Grimm
Hänsel and Gretel, by Alexander Zick (1845 - 1907) Image: Wikipedia

Museum opens world of the Brothers Grimm
August 19, 2015

With less than three weeks to go before 'Grimmwelt' opens its doors to the public, visitors to Kassel's newest attraction can soon immerse themselves in the imaginations of two of Germany's - and the world's - most famous storytellers.

Minister calls for end to childcare strikes
Families Minister Manuela Schwesig. Photo: DPA

Minister calls for end to childcare strikes
August 12, 2015

Families Minister Manuela Schwesig called on Wednesday for local governments to find a pay and conditions deal with daycare and social workers to avoid a new round of strikes.

25 years of learning English in East Germany
Friends of Sommerschule Wust celebrate 25 years of language learning. Photo: Scott Usatorres

25 years of learning English in East Germany
August 12, 2015

As 'Sommerschule Wust' celebrates its 25th birthday, The Local asks how this English language school in an East German village of 500 inhabitants has remained so popular for so long.

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