Primary School – By any and all means necessary

By Misch Pautsch Switch to German for original article

No matter who talks about their experiences with the primary school system – pupils, parents, teachers – everyone seems to feel something is off. The increasing complexity of the school system seems to put more and more people under a lot of pressure.

Before the Copernican revolution, when it was still believed that the Earth was the centre of the universe, the learned stargazers were faced with a problem. The heavenly bodies did not move as they should. They made abrupt U-turns and unpredictable loops. It was a mess of cosmic proportions. Complicated exceptions had to be defined for each body. The more stars were discovered, the more inventive astronomers had to become in order to make the geocentric world view work, by and and all means necessary. Georges Pfeiffenschneider, who was a teacher for around 30 years says the situation in primary school is rather similar. Whoever you talk to, something seems to be off. More and more exceptions become necessary. Unlike with inanimate stars, however, it is people who are constantly being placed onto new paths and submitted to new rules and exceptions. The increasing complexity of the system is becoming more and more of a burden, for teaching staff, parents and especially children.

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