November 14, 2012
The most important facts that can be found about Germany are connected to wars.
The World Wars were a disaster for Germany. It led to the divide of Germany. One of
the major theme of German history, according to William Spencer (1994) is division.
This seems to be a common occurrence but doesn’t represent a departure from German
history. Spencer noted that Germany has had difficulty during its 2000 year history in
becoming a nation-state and maintaining that form, even with the development of a
Members of the Bundestag are elected in to office and the Bundesrat are
appointed. Their state cabinet removes the Bundesrat members from office.
(Visual link® languages, 1995)
Languages Spoken & Religion
Most of the population in Germany speaks German. Small amounts of the people
Speak other languages which include Serbian, Danish, Romani, Turkish, and Kurdish.
(Visual link® languages, 1995)
Most of the German populations are Catholic or Protestant. The others are atheist
or agnostic. The remaining being Muslim, Jewish, or unknown. (How to Germany, 2012)
The German education system is very extensive and produces highly educated
students. The federal states run the education system. Like the United States, you can
find differences in the education should you go to another state. (How to Germany,
Children age’s three to six go to kindergarten. It is required that children go to
school in Germany for 9 to 10 years. The elementary school is called the Grundschule.
The children go to the Grundschule from grades 1 to 4. All children are taught the same
math, reading, and english. Based on there academic achievement, the children are then
separated. There are three different kinds of schools that can be chosen for the children:
Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium. (How to Germany, 2012)
In most German states grades 5 to 9 are called the Hauptschule, which teaches at a
slower pace and has some vocational training courses. The Hauptschule, the Realschule
and Gymnasium all teach the same subjects. It leads to part-time enrollment in a
vocational school combined with internship training. (How to Germany, 2012)
The Realschule which children go from grades 5 to 10 leads to part-time
vocational schooling. The students with high academic achievement at the Realschule can
switch to a Gymnasium once they graduate. (How to Germany, 2012)
The Gymnasium leads to a diploma called the Abitur and prepares students for
college, dual academic or vocational credential. The most common education tracks
offered by the Gymnasium are classical language, modern language, and mathematics-
natural science. In recent years many States have changed the curriculum so students can
get their diploma at the end of the 12th grade. Other States are making the transition but
may still require a 13th grade. (How to Germany, 2012)
Grundschule teachers recommend their students to a particular school based on
such things as academic achievement, self confidence and the ability to work
independently. Germany is like the United States, at the end of the day it is the parents
who have the final say as to which school their child attends.
The Gesamtschule which has been recently developed takes the place of the
Hauptschule and Realschule and is only found in some of the states. The...