UNbeamtet. on the topics of :Germany, Deutschland, Lehrer and Lehererinenenenenen
Just a little impromptu thought-for-the-day here, but an important one, I think:
My German teacher told me that teachers in Germany - who were usually "beamtet" are now being phased out as beamter... so that, basically, whereas before a teaching position was a very good-paying government job (with excellent benefits and a generous retirement plan) which you could not get fired from, it will now just be lesser paid contractual work...
The reasons, she said, were: to save money.
But... really, guys, -teachers? I thought Germany was smarter than this...
Why not buy-out the legions of letter-writers and stamp stampers clogging the whole bureaucratic system? Why not think long term an sent those unnecessary dinosaurs to an early retirement and streamline this ancient machine with technology which would make it thousands of time quicker, cheaper and more efficient? And, above all:
WHY NOT REPLACE PEOPLE WHO CAN BE REPLACED WITH MACHINES WITH MACHINES AND CONTINUE TO PAY TEACHERS A DECENT WAGE?
Uhmm... yea, so
I say: BOOoooo!
One of the tragedies of America is - of course - low teacher pay, and I don't think many people would dispute that - and low pay can translate to crabby, burnt-out people... that should never be the case when it comes to education. On the other hand, being beamtet (well-paid and un-fireable) can lead to sloppy work... so there clearly needs to be a balance, but really- of all things to cut corners on - this should not be one.
Think about it... and then get your priorities straight, Deutschland!
NOTE: This entire post is based on a casual conversation I had, there are no articles to cite and I make no claims to any facts...