Unesco and oecd present supplementary study

On monday of this week in london, unesco and oecd presented the supplementary pisa study "basic skills for tomorrow’s world" . In contrast to the pisa 2000 study, this time 43 countries rather than 32 were analyzed and examined with regard to the competencies of 15-year-old school students in the areas of reading, mathematics and science.

Of the new non-oecd countries albania, argentina, bulgaria, chile, hong kong (china), indonesia, israel, macedonia, peru, romania and thailand placed in the bottom third of the ranking, thus closing the gap between germany and the red lantern. However, hong kong (china) was ranked third behind finland and korea, pushing germany to 22nd place in reading literacy. In the areas of mathematics and science, german schoolchildren, from whom, however, no new data were collected, landed in 21st place. Even more important than this unpleasant result, however, was the fact that germany’s education policy was once again criticized for a lack of equal opportunities. In germany, social background is more decisive for success at school than in many other countries.

80 years ago, the bauhaus planned by walter gropius was opened in dessau

For a long time the "icon of modernity" one of the most controversial buildings in the world. Now that the renovation has been completed, the myth of a sober and austere architecture is a thing of the past – the bauhaus was and is once again a colorful building.

In contrast to the gray single-family houses with red gables, in the midst of which the white crossbars stand, the bauhaus, which was opened in 1926, still has a revolutionary effect today. The house is composed of simple geometric basic forms. A university building that looks like a factory, with rooms flooded with light, freed from all the heaviness of representative architecture around 1900, the building embodies the lightness and transparency of modern designs like no other.

In the usa, more than half of the people say that god created people the way they are now; in germany, so far, only 12 percent believe this

Apparently the rejection of the theory of evolution is growing, at least as far as the descent of man is concerned, no matter whether among christians or muslims (god or evolution?). Many cannot or do not want to imagine that the people and with it naturally also they themselves, have originated accidentally and without influence of a higher power and that they also represent an accidental, but only preliminary final product.

However, there are differences. According to a forsa survey in the fall of 2005, as many as 61 percent of those surveyed in germany "agreed with the theory of evolution. However, more than 40 percent described themselves as nondenominational. But in germany, too, just over 25 percent say they agree with intelligent design, i.E. Reject the theory of evolution. The non-denominational are represented here only with 11 percent, catholics, however, with 45.7 percent and protestants with 37.6 percent. Intelligent design was understood to mean: "life on earth was created by a higher being or by god, went through a process of evolution, and is now a part of the universe. By god, but underwent a lengthy development process that was controlled by the higher being or god. Was steered by god."

Education and upbringing in the area of conflict between overly high expectations and a declining will to achieve

Thanks to timss and pisa, education policy is back on the agenda. Overnight, education and upbringing have become a mega-topic. The damning verdict of the two studies on the performance of german schoolchildren in a global comparison, but also the erfurt killing spree and the constant complaints of industry and universities about a shortage of skilled workers or students who are unable to study, have startled politicians of all factions. For the first time in the history of the federal republic of germany, a head of government made a government statement on the subject in the bundestag. Chancellor schroder gave the topic of education a high priority "education" the highest priority and called it the social ie of the "the social question of the. Century".

Presumably in allusion to the so-called "sputnik shock" about. Fifty years ago, schroder said: "we cannot afford to let even a single talent go unused". And almost in the tone of a rough coalition, the chancellor called upon the assembled representatives of the people to "for a joint effort" at. The head of government wants to release four billion euros from the federal budget over the next four years for more childcare and all-day schools. And the kmk is considering not only the introduction of nationally binding educational standards and the annual implementation of centralized achievement tests in each grade, but also the bringing forward of education and instruction to kindergarten.