I have to do another 6 weeks internship at a school and if it teaches me one thing it is that I never want my children to end up in this fucking awful system. The German school system sucks and if your child doesn’t do exactly what the school is expecting of them, they will be lost. A class with 20 pupils is considered small. You are lucky if you have a second teacher in the class, but it rarely is the case. Which makes it impossible to help those kids who need more attention than others. And don’t get me started on the whole inclusion topic. Although Germany agreed years ago to include every child into this system and not seperate children with a disability from the rest, it doesn’t really work out. Because the government just decided to put this new system into action without giving schools the money and education to handle it. If you’ve never worked with children with special needs and suddenly you are expected to do so with no new the resources, of course it can’t work out properly.
Children get marks that reflect their abilites in a single exam situation. This doesn’t give them the chance to show how much they developed a skill over time. Let me give you an example: I had a kid with dyslexia and he had to write a dication. He had tons of mistakes but you could see that he had learned certain gramatical rules and was able to use them. A big step for him, still he failed the exam.
Ugh… I’m just so frustrated at the moment :(