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SPD calls for more education spending

The Local · 21 May 2011, 13:28

Published: 21 May 2011 13:28 GMT+02:00

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Speaking at the SPD's state party conference in Saarland, Gabriel declared that the aim was to increase the education budget so that Germany had the biggest per capita spending of all developed nations.

To achieve this goal, Gabriel said, Germany had to spend €40 billion a year more on education, and that this could require the government to "increase taxes at the top, so we have the money for those at the bottom and for education."

The party leader also reiterated the call for a national minimum wage, saying that work needed to be worthwhile. Adapting a slogan used by Angela Merkel and other conservatives in the 2005 election campaign, Gabriel said, "Creating work is social, as long you can live on it."

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15:15 May 21, 2011 by FIUMAN
Stick with what works. The German educational system is better than you think it is. Do not, whatever you do, think about moving more toward the disastrous American system. Not every child is able to go to university. The German educational system used to accept this and fund vocational education. Now Germany is upset because they find not every worker bee can read fluent Latin or speak in Esperanto. Sure, money is needed but is it the best time to raise taxes on anyone? Germany might be in dire need to deal with propping up the European Union very soon or paying for their withdrawal from the Euro instead. Either proposition will mean dire economic times ahead for German tax payers.
22:04 May 21, 2011 by Lachner
I don't think this is a good idea since the economy is very fragile with all that is going on with the EU (Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Greece) and raising taxes would be detrimental. I think that education in Germany is very solid and shouldn't be changed.
05:49 May 22, 2011 by jmclewis
The American Education system spends the most in the world per student, and has the lowest results. Do not let students advance that cannot make the grade. Make sure teachers are doing there jobs and ask for more parent involvement. Do not big schools that are palaces and pay teacher big money and expect great result. I see student doing math in there final year that I did in 7th grade.
12:38 May 22, 2011 by notelove2
The breadth of the german education system has become narrower with less money spent on music. Now some primary and secondary schools here have no music program or only one music teacher - sure, they have a classroom full of musical instruments, but no-one to teach them, and they have stopped the funding for itinerant teachers to come in. This is very bad for the overall development of the future generation. Not every child can fit into the narrow accademic framework the schools are pushing now. I applaud Sigmar Gabriel for his call for more money to be spent on education and sincerely hope he achieves this.
13:06 May 22, 2011 by SamiamFan
So when the headline reads "...more education spending", the only 3 comments so far somehow seem to see this as a bad thing? Provided they don't spend the 40billion solely on standardized testing, can somebody please explain how properly funding the education system is detrimental? A tax on the "top", most likely the people who have benefited the greatest from the public education system, really doesn't seem quite that unfair. Have we really sunk so low that saving the better off members of society a few euros per year is more important than trying to educate children?! To those against, where exactly should we invest our resources instead?
00:32 May 23, 2011 by LarsBar
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