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Understanding School in Germany

Im Buch »Schule in Deutschland verstehen. Grundwissen für Eltern« geht es um zwei Themen, die alle Familien mit Kindern früher oder später betreffen: Schule und Berufswahl. Diese Fragen kommen den meisten Eltern sicherlich bekannt vor: Wie kann ich mein Kind vor Beginn der Schule und während der Schulzeit unterstützen? Welche Rolle spielen wir als Eltern bei der Berufswahl unseres Kindes? Welche Rechte und Pflichten haben wir als Eltern? Was passiert nach der Schule? 100 kurze und verständliche Texte enthalten Antworten auf diese und weitere Fragen. Dieses Buch zeigt die vielen Möglichkeiten auf, wie Eltern mit der Schule zusammenarbeiten können. Es ist einfach zu lesen und enthält 20 kurze Kapitel. Jedes Kapitel enthält 5 wichtige Informationen zu einem Thema. Außerdem gibt es konkrete Tipps und zusätzliche Informationsquellen. Das Buch kann bei Elternveranstaltungen, Elternabenden an Schulen sowie in der außerschulischen Elternbildung eingesetzt werden. »Schule in Deutschland verstehen« gibt es mittlerweile in insgesamt sechs Sprachfassungen: Arabisch, Deutsch, Englisch, Persisch, Russisch und Türkisch.

It is simply not enough

It is simply not enough to find a good school. It is also the responsibility of parents to educate their children. 3.1 According to various studies, many parents do not spend enough time with their children. Parents are especially important for the development of a child, particularly in the first few years after birth. Nevertheless, studies show that on average parents do not spend enough time with their children. Spending meaningful time with children does not mean sitting in front of the television and eating meals together, but rather playing games together and conversing with each other. A UNICEF survey revealed that one in three young people wished to spend more time with their parents. Mothers of 12 to 16 year-olds help their children with learning about 4 minutes each day and fathers spend only about 2 minutes each day helping their children learn. 1) 3.2 Your child must do his or her homework, not you! You do not have to speak perfect German or be good at mathematics, however, you must see to it that your child does his or her homework. It is important that you ask your child about his or her homework or monitor them while they do their homework. If your child continues to have difficulties with homework, you should organise after-school tutoring for him or her. 3.3 In some countries, it is only the schools which are responsible for educating children. In Germany, children, parents, and teachers all sit in the same boat. In some countries, parents entrust the education of their children solely to the school. In many Asian countries, for example in India or China, teachers are highly esteemed and revered. They are role models and persons who command respect and in school matters their decision is final. In Germany, the responsibility for a formal education lies with all three: teachers, pupils, and parents! 1) Cite from: Adolf Timm: Die Gesetze des Schulerfolgs. Das Fortbildungsbuch für Eltern. Seelze-Velber, 2009. cf. p. 21. … 14 …

3.4 Maintaining regular contact with your child’s school is very important! The school will expect that you keep in contact. As parents you are ex - pected to support teachers with the formal education of your child. If you take an interest in your child’s school affairs, he or she will have a much easier time at school. Even if you only speak a little German, you can still communicate with teachers. Parents’ evenings (Elternabende) are particularly important. Studies show that when parents regularly attend parents’ evenings and find out about their child’s performance at school, children usually earn better marks. Important note: If your family has just arrived in Germany, children tend to learn new languages faster than adults. This is often the reason why parents sometimes use their children as interpreters when they have appointments with the school or government agencies. There are many reasons why parents should not do this. Interpreter work is very strenuous and will prema turely transform your child into an adult. Frequently, children must interpret adult or personal matters for their parents. This is particularly problematic at school, when the subject matter being discussed is the child’s own performance. The relationship with parents can suffer as a result. 3.5 Out of ideas on what to do? Help with homework, mentoring, etc.! Sometimes parents feel as if they are unable to help their children with school subjects, especially if they speak little or no German, for example with homework or studying for exams. It could also be that parents are unsure how to deal with subjects like puberty, sex education, drugs, alcohol, or violence. At first, it may seem difficult, but it can often be very beneficial to seek professional help. There are numerous ways in which you can help your child. There are appropriate information and consultation centres (Beratungsstellen) in almost every region in Germany. There is a troubleshooting table on page 17 which gives you some suggestions. … 15 …

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