Campfire Kids: Going Back to Nature with Forest Kindergartens

Campfire Kids: Going Back to Nature with Forest Kindergartens

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Radical back-to-nature forest kindergartens where children are allowed to climb trees and play with fire have spread across the country. Will the concept of the Waldkindergarten become Germany's next export success? By Rupert Neate more... Comment ]

No Training, No Work: Unemployment Rising Despite More Jobs

No Training, No Work: Unemployment Rising Despite More Jobs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

Although there are more jobs than ever before, unemployment continues to rise in Germany. Many long-term unemployed are looking for work again, but their lack of qualifications means they hardly stand a chance in a highly specialized industrial society. By Markus Dettmer and Kristiana Ludwig more... Comment ]

Science of Parenting: 'There's No Such Thing as a Normal Family'

Science of Parenting: 'There's No Such Thing as a Normal Family'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

For his new book, author Andrew Solomon spoke with parents who have children completely unlike them -- with autism, Down syndrome or dwarfism. SPIEGEL spoke with him about his findings and how they changed his parenting. Interview Conducted By Johann Grolle and Julia Koch more... Comment ]

Islam in Germany: Burqini Ruling Was the Right Call

Islam in Germany: Burqini Ruling Was the Right Call

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

A German court ruled Wednesday that schools can require Muslim girls to participate in co-ed swimming classes. They were right to do so -- but not for the reasons many conservatives suggest. A Commentary by Dietmar Hipp and Maximilian Popp more...

Burqini Ruling: Court Says Schools Can Require Co-Ed Swims

Burqini Ruling: Court Says Schools Can Require Co-Ed Swims

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2013

Germany's top federal administrative court has ruled that schools can require Muslim girls to participate in co-ed swimming classes. The judges argue they can wear a burqini to address any concerns about religious dress codes. more...

Birth Rate Boon? Germany Promises Daycare for All

Birth Rate Boon? Germany Promises Daycare for All

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2013

A new law went into effect in Germany on Thursday guaranteeing every child over 12 months of age a slot at a daycare facility. The government hopes the policy will help reverse one of Europe's lowest birth rates. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

Girl Rising: Malala Fires Up a New Generation

Girl Rising: Malala Fires Up a New Generation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2013

Last fall Malala Yousafza, a 15-year-old blogger in Pakistan, was gunned down for demanding the right to an education. She has taken her message to the UN, and girls worldwide are fighting back against violence and oppression. A global movement is taking shape. By SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff more... Comment ]

Ladies First: German Universities Edit Out Gender Bias

Ladies First: German Universities Edit Out Gender Bias

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2013

This week, the second German university in a month's time decided to banish generic masculine forms of titles like "professor" from all official documents. They will be replaced with the feminine form, a decision that has reignited an old gender equality debate. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]

Class Issues: German University Fails Political Correctness Test

Class Issues: German University Fails Political Correctness Test

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2013

With surveys showing that German universities are still ivory towers, Berlin's Free University saw fit to post an online guide to dealing with students from working class backgrounds. It was temporarily taken down this week in response to negative publicity. By Jane Paulick more... Comment ]

Radical Reform: Dutch iPad Schools Seek to Transform Education

Radical Reform: Dutch iPad Schools Seek to Transform Education

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2013

Plenty of schools use iPads. But what if the entire education experience were offered via tablet computer? That is what several new schools in the Netherlands plan to do. There will be no blackboards or schedules. Is this the end of the classroom? By Marco Evers more... Comment ]