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Struggling students to get guidance counsellors

DDP/The Local · 28 Apr 2010, 10:40

Published: 28 Apr 2010 10:40 GMT+02:00

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Some 3,200 guidance counsellors will be employed to specifically help struggling students beginning in the seventh grade, Schavan told broadcaster ARD. They will analyse these pupils’ interests and abilities, help them stay in school, and support them in the search for a career or higher education.

Students who have trouble staying in school need “backing” and “encouragement,” Schavan said.

Money for the programme will come from €12 billion in educational funding set aside by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition for this legislative period.

Supporting students beyond school into job-training is particularly important because in the end without jobs the expense to the government would “all be much more expensive,” Schavan said.

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Guidance counsellors are already in place at some schools, she told broadcaster Deutschlandfunk in a later interview, adding that practice should be expanded to avoid sending ill-prepared students into the workforce.

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11:35 April 28, 2010 by Portnoy
Really? Cripes one of the worst visits in high school was when you had to go to the guidance counselor to discuss your future. Though it did allow me to hone my lying skills.
16:18 April 28, 2010 by cee-jay
Boggles my mind that this is just now happening. These kids are tracked into their future career path by age nine (!) and on top have no support within the schools, no school psychologists, no social workers, no one making sure everything is alright at home or trying to provide some sort of safety net so they don't fall through the cracks.
17:02 April 28, 2010 by wmm208
Thats not the "responsibility" of the schools. The age "9" test most likely explained that they would never amount to much anyway, so the test is correct. You must obey the test. The test is final. The test will determine your future. The test is above all.
02:29 April 29, 2010 by lenny van
Guidance counselors are needed for the school administrators and teachers, not for the stundents. My children children attended public schools in America, Canada, England and Germany and the German state school system was certainly the worst. The system is completely inflexible (no electives, dropping classes), elitist (A pupil from a poor home where both parents have to work or who doesn't speak German at home has little chance of going on to higher education). The four plus class selection is an example of a system that badly needs to be reformed and the chaotic transition from the G9 to the G8 Gymnasium is an example of a system that needs much better leadership and direction.

In general, I found that German teachers are lazy (The only social interaction they had with students was the occasional field trip or leading a boring walk in the countryside.), fragile (It seems that at least 20% of classes are monitored by Vertreters filling in for sick teachers.), arrogant (They are always right.), abusive (They yell at pupils who are not ¦quot;ganz ordenlich¦quot; enough by German standards or have ADS or other mental handicaps and tell them that they are stupid. They don't seem to have been educated in how to deal with these students.).

In the other countries, there is much more social interaction between teachers and pupils and between children of different social classes and abilities. Children enjoy the sports and extra curricular activities that the schools offer, I suspect that most German teachers would think it undignified and beneath their status to engage with the students by chaperoning a dance or a sporting event. It would also cut into their generous amount of time off.

My children, who attended the state school in Germany, hated going to school and actually suffered from physical symptoms of severe stress (for which they were then called liars and punished). Our lives changed dramatically for the better after they transferred to a Waldorf school, where they got a very good education and were happy.
22:54 April 29, 2010 by wmm208
Dont make comments or explain that your children are suffering stress from a German school because you will most likely get a call and more often than not, have the social services take your children away for making public comments. Stasi...
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