Andrea Ege, who lived 13 years in Scheveningen, near The Hague, has its own school time as a moderately exciting in memory That school can be fun, enjoyed with their daughter Giulia (12). But now it went back to the family to Germany, Giulia visited since the fall of the high school in the Swabian town of Laupheim, the home of her mother.

In the Netherlands has had school casual and less authoritarian

“I’ve been a little jitter, as it is for you at the German school. This is all a bit more casual, more creative and less authoritarian in Holland. I very much hope that Giulia with the regulation in Germany.“ You have irritated, for example, that your daughter has not been possible to put up when you sign up for two trial lessons in their future class. “That would have been at each of the Dutch school, of course.”

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A farewell to their primary school “Het volle Leven” had it not been for the twelve-year-old anyway. The school recommendation, and the Cito final test had given way to the high school. “We would have stayed here, we would have checked a whole bunch of possible schools, and the chosen, where it likes my daughter best.” In Holland parents from the beginning, are free in the choice of school. You are not tied to specific residential areas. The schools also advertise and host open days. At the new place of residence spoilt for choice it was not necessary, is a high school in Laupheim.

the parents for the school

the school success of Giulia’s mother is a little Worried. “The child speaks perfect English, and it will get used to the fact that if the homework can’t be done.” But whether it will give in the future something like the “action schoolyard”? “100,000 euros will have to get the parents with all the possible actions together, in order to let the large schoolyard. From this common use, I’m always impressed. Something like this is perhaps also typical Dutch.“

Family-like atmosphere and little stress in school

Monika in collée was engaged at the elementary school her two children in the Dutch picture-book-the-spot Laren many years in the parents ‘ Advisory Council. Her 17-year-old son Benjamin has just finished high school and began his studies in Leiden. The 12-year-old Victoria moved to the summer holidays to high school in Hilversum.

The Ex-Munich to mourn the basic school “De Binckhorst” in the Green: “My children were always in a very harmonious classes, which might be due to the flat hierarchies of Dutch schools. The teacher by his name, and in the “Binckhorst” you are very young. You see, mainly as a helper, supporter and Coach of the children.“ In Germany, children have been in elementary school a lot more pressure, as you know from friends in the homeland.

Difficult Transition from primary to secondary school

English in the classroom from the beginning and able to Work independently on projects Monika in collée like it here, as well as the family with each other. “Every birthday is celebrated, for example, extensively with all the children and the teachers.”

An unresolved issue in the Dutch school system Monika in collée, however, in the Transition from primary to secondary school: “all of a Sudden, the requirements are higher, teaching is more regulated and also additional homework will be due. Because the achievements of many children from the fall.“

“private lessons” in learning problems,

Fabian Amtenbrink is a lawyer and Professor of EU law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. A native of Berlin, and his French wife have been through the twelve-year-old Ben and eight-year-old Lea double experience with the Dutch elementary school. “Often we were surprised, and sometimes delighted.” He gives an example: “While our son Ben is easily marched through the six years of basic school, we are now seeing in the case of Lea, the school takes care of, if there is a Problem.”

For daughter, Leah, seems to be the world of Numbers to be a complete mystery. “Lea gets now in class, Expect a private school. The power of an Extra teacher with specialised training,“ says Amtenbrink with a Cup of coffee in the Food Plaza of the University. “This individual attention is part of the normal free school offer. This is great.“

learning tasks, depending on the level of performance

The law Professor, two things are particularly noteworthy to the school in the Rotterdam suburb of hillger mountain: “on The one hand, all of the older pupils are encouraged to support the younger ones. And on the other, the teaching is differentiated and adapted to the different Level of the students.“ For example, is a high-Flyer claim to get more demanding tasks than the average. Or to deal with special projects, instead of getting bored in the classroom. “Generally speaking, the children are encouraged, to write papers and make presentations.”

Well, Fabian Amtenbrink is also a double assessment of the performance of students in the feed in addition to the assessment by the teacher is also the national Cito-test, which is completed every Year, twice a year. He chooses a comparison: “The Cito-Tests tell you how much HP stuck under the hood. The assessment shows what happens on the road.“ The meaningful and equitable than a pure teacher certificate. From the Netherlands to learn: 10 things, the run of Holland’s schools better than us,

in order To fit for the future, needs to invest in Germany in training – everyone agrees. It could learn from other countries. Our Dutch neighbours have implemented in the primary schools are already things that also demand a lot of German education experts as necessary reforms.

The elementary school starts early, from the age of four. The differentiation is carried out only after eight years of learning together with twelve.Parents have free school choice, regardless of the address.The teaching begins only at 8.30 and end at 14.30 or 15.00. Homework there is not.Almost all of the schools are financed by the state, the private carrier.Each school is free, after which method you want to address.The Ministry of education gives a country-wide common learning outcomes, as well as the Tests, which retrieve. The most important of the “Cito”Test is done at the end of primary school.It is not only the teacher to decide on the further school career, but their assessment plus the Cito-Test.There is no teacher-officers. Teachers are applying for, where you want. Schools, whom they want to.School practice from the first day of teacher training. Holland the country has the perfect infrastructure for digital Learning. The schools are mostly equipped with all the necessary hardware and Software. Teachers also use them.

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