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Germany's nasty secret inside its education system: social selection

According to the results of the PISA reports, in no other OECD country is the socio-economic background of students as crucial to their success at school as in Germany.

By Lidia Conde, in Stuttgart | The beginning of the first grade at school in September is celebrated with a party where those attending receive a sealed package full of goodies and small gifts. It is a cardboard-cone that can be made at home, with the child's name and decorated accordingly. After the celebration, the children attend their first hour in class and then, they can open their presents. It is a lovely tradition that marks the passage from the preschool experience to formal school life. At that moment, the kids swiftly realise that the care-free fun and games of their kindergarten time is over. They soon enough learn that one doesn't go to school to kill time, and that marks and high performance is about all that counts.

What strikes foreign families residing in Germany is the lack of correlation between a free education system –which at first glance guarantees equal opportunities for everyone in this country– and PISA reports’ results: in no other OECD country is the students' socio-economic background as decisive in their educational success as it is in Germany. How can this contradiction be explained? There are two reasons.

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Other countries' education systems

by math4life

Are very different from ours. I don't know details concerning every country, but in many countries students are not given many choices. And their education system is stricter than ours. Our students are given choices and told they can do or be anything they choose. Students in other countries are tested early and trained to the occupation in which they tested high in - whether they want it or not.
I worked with foreign exchange students last school year and they were here from Germany for our senior year. They were going back home to another 1-2 years of school. We have much more freedom of choices than they do at home


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I am persuing btech final year in computer science, after completion of my btech i want to do MS in germany in computer science, so please tell me the details of the process and tell me whether i should attempt any exams like GRE TOFEL

Germany is certainly a good choice for studies in computer science: the quality of education is world-class, fees and living expenses are moderate compared to other Western countries, and after completion of your studies you are offered generous stay-back and work options.

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Universities in Germany that teach Computer Science in English?

Can someone give me a list of -if any- good universities in Germany that offer a bachelors in computer science in English? I am planning on learning German, but for now I need an English class, for my German is quite rough. Preferably in or near Berlin, and it needs to teach programming languages such as C++. Thanks for your help. Have a nice day!

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