Why do schools require students to sit

The more students sit down, the better our schools are

The time has come again for Austria's schools to open their hungry throats in order to give so many over the summer ...

The time has come again when Austria's schools open their hungry throats in order to grind between their teeth some of the students who have been strived for over the summer and intimidated over the years and then spit them out again as bruised losers in the re-examination battle. This is how, or at least something like that, those 40,000 children will experience in the coming days whose dream of being able to advance to the next school level will come to an abrupt end.

But even if the world will collapse for these children, there is still something good about it: After all, many students who remain seated also mean that the schools in the state have high academic standards, set ambitious goals, and have goal-oriented teaching staff who ensure that " what is properly learned, etc., or not?

If you think so, if you were one of those students who had the most respect for the teacher, who had a failure rate of 30 percent, if you'd also like to have gone to that elite high school that regularly has 130 students in the fifth 40 mucked out in eighth grade, so if you also think that a few misunderstood students would have to be the price for an ambitious academic program, then I will unfortunately have to disappoint you: you are wrong!

Temporary storage for the super clever

Teachers who boast of failing at least five students annually are unfortunate narcissists who didn't get their mandate. It should not be about what the others (mainly teacher colleagues and student parents) think of you, but that all students fulfill their potential and achieve the learning goals. If necessary, with a little extra work and commitment for the weaker students.

Schools that pride themselves on mucking out and only letting the best get through are in reality often nothing more than temporary repositories for super smart people who are super smart with little effort - neither on the part of the teachers nor on their part. How pedagogically demanding was it to teach Einstein physics and Mozart music?

However, if you are not one of the people described in paragraph three, then I congratulate you and thank you for reading this far anyway. It shows that you had a good upbringing and that you are not rushing to judge.

(And no, I'm not frustrated because my wife, child, or cat failed somewhere, nor do I have to "kick myself" with anyone.)