||03-16-2010 02:34 PM
gymnasien can seriously kiss my ass :p (i've just x-ed them out, that is de-clicked them, in my online application thing to - one day ;) - become a proper teacher)
quoting wikipedia so you know what i mean:
German Gymnasien are selective schools. They have the self-perception of offering the academically most-promising youngsters a quality education that is in most cases of no cost (and in other cases of rather low cost). Gymnasien may expel students who academically underperform behind their classmates, or behave in a way that is seen as unacceptable. Pupils study subjects like German, mathematics, informatics, physics, chemistry, geography, biology, arts, music, physical education, religion, history, philosophy, civics/citizenship and social sciences. They are also required to study at least two foreign languages. The usual combination is English and French or English and Latin, although many schools offer combining English or, in some cases, French, with another language, most often Spanish, Ancient Greek or Russian. Religious education classes or "ethics" classes are compulsatory. The student however is allowed to choose which of this classes he attends. In some of the German States even those attending religion courses have to visit ethics (Berlin) or classes in ethics, humanist studies and religious education (Lebenskunde, Ethik, Religion - LER) (Brandenburg).
For younger students nearly the entire curriculum of a Gymnasium is compulsory; in higher grades more elective subjects are available, but the choice is not as wide as in, for example, a US high school.
Although some specialist Gymnasien have English or French as the language of instruction, at most Gymnasien lessons (apart from foreign language courses) are conducted in High German.
The number of years gymnasium differs between the States of Germany. It consists of six to seven years in Berlin and Brandenburg (primary school includes six years in both as opposed to four years in the rest of Germany) and newly eight in Bavaria, Hessen and Baden-Württemberg among others. While in Saxony and Thuringia students have never been taught more than eight years in Gymnasium (by default), nearly all states are going to provide Abitur after 12 years in primary schools and Gymnasium ( the bulk of German Gymnasien up-to-date provide Abitur after 13 school years ). The Abitur exams which complete the Gymnasium education are centrally drafted and controlled (Zentralabitur) in almost all German States and provide a qualification to visit any university.
The vast majority of Gymnasien is public and does not charge tution fees. Article 7, Paragraph 4 of the German constitution, forbids segregation of students according to the means of their parents (the so called Sondierungsverbot). Therefore, most private Gymnasien have rather low tuition fees and/or offer scholarships.
i have made nasty experiences with the second school i work for (and last friday i have semi-quit the the job there - god bless i have my first school, a gesamtschule with 'gymnasialer oberstufe'!!, something like comprehensive school, quasi everyone can attend it and if bright+lucky enough reach the same academic degree than those from gymnasium), but then it's the system: gymnasien shall educate an "elite" and so they work on the principles of strict hierarchy and concurrence and sanctions towards those (and not only towards students....) who "malfunction" in one way or the other.
i mean, it's not 100% paradise on school #1 (in one of my 10th grade math classes i'll have the class' social worker - yes, the middle grades have their own social workers.... and they need them! - helping me from friday on to maintain some minimal discipline), but then even the wild kids are open and straight-talking, and the colleagues (mostly ;)) cooperate 150% and whenever somebody (teacher, student, social worker) can help you, they do. on that fukken gymnasium i never knew where i stood and none of the chemistry a**es (sorry, but it's like that) helped me, or only did so to make me look bad / them look good. yeah and those kids who want to learn at school #1 are supersweet :):) and it's total fun to teach them. and i generally feel so very at home at this school! :)
on fukken school #2 (i only have to give some math there now and some ersatz hours for sick/absent colleagues till they've reduced my contract with them, and when this contract expires on 7/7 they'll never gonna see me again :p) i felt like a total stranger, and i don't really like the kids there, most of them are rather spoilt single childs, some of them have their private teachers for their parents want to push them through no matter what. that's no good whatsoever methinks. i often feel like i'm not there to teach but to entertain the kids. ok, i had got the worst 7th grade in chemistry there (what a mess!! :eek:), the other 7th graders (math - those courses who don't get the bi-monthly extra math training for "the bright ones", i always have to insist in my courses that they don't call themselves "the dumb ones") are quite OK, and the 9th graders (math, also those who don't get extra math) are even quite nice. nevertheless i won't grow old there. i'd grow tremendously sick there.... :mad: