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Thursday, August 07, 2003

German Schools in Trouble

It sounds like every child's dream: only 41/2 hours of school a day, no attendance taken, a free day if a teacher is sick, no punishment for playing hooky.

But this is no dream, as Germans have suddenly awakened to discover; it's the sorry state of their schools.

Germany's education system, like its economy, was once considered the pride of Europe. Worries about the stagnating economy have recently preoccupied Germans, and now they are realizing their schools are also in trouble.


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When were German schools and its economy the pride of Europe?

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