- May 16, 2013
Education experts in Germany are pushing to modernize the country's basic curriculum by making instruction in computer science mandatory. But opponents say it doesn't deserve the same status as subjects like math, Latin and biology. more... [ Comment ]
- April 25, 2013
Many might think that 6-year-olds aren't ready to discuss issues like putting on condoms or achieving orgasm. Among them are the irate parents of first-graders at a Berlin elementary school that used a sex-ed book with explicit text and revealing illustrations. more...
- April 19, 2013
The success of Germany's economy has long been driven by small and mid-sized companies dependent on skilled labor. But a developing shortage of experts represents a threat to the country's economic future. With babies in short supply, immigration could be the answer. more... [ Comment ]
- February 15, 2013
In Germany, higher education titles help people in business circles burnish their credentials and get ahead. But instead of doing the work themselves, many busy careerists are employing ghostwriters to write their doctorates for them instead. One ghostwriter reveals the flaws of the educational system. more...
- February 06, 2013
German Education Minister Annette Schavan has long been dogged by accusations that she had plagiarized parts of her Ph.D. thesis. Now, the University of Düsseldorf has revoked her degree. She may be forced to resign from Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet. more... [ Comment ]
- January 30, 2013
Germany is experiencing a well-documented boom in immigrants from countries hard-hit by the euro crisis. Less visible, however, are their children. They rarely have any knowledge of German, and schools are struggling to meet their needs. more...
- December 28, 2012
A US aid organization has handed children in the remote Ethiopian village of Wenchi tablet computers in an experiment aimed at enabling them to teach themselves. They are now speaking their first words of English -- without ever having encountered a teacher. more... [ Comment ]
- October 16, 2012
Top German academics on Tuesday rushed to defend the country's education minister, Annette Schavan, who has been accused of having plagiarized her Ph.D. thesis. The recent leaking of a report outlining her dissertation's shortcomings is "scandalous" and "vexing," they say. more... [ Comment ]
- October 15, 2012
German Education Minister Annette Schavan might soon become the second cabinet member in two years to lose her doctorate and her job. A university report leaked to SPIEGEL accuses Schavan of a "plagiaristic approach." A close confidant of Chancellor Merkel, Schavan has denied the charges. more... [ Comment ]
- October 10, 2012
German Education Minister Annette Schavan has been under suspicion of plagiarism since spring. Now, a web activist has published his findings, allegedly showing shoddy citation on almost 100 pages of the over 300-page work. more...