Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Part 3 - The School System in Germany Monday 6/23

Our first formal day of sessions started with a tour of the former Bishop's Palace which is now a government administrative building.  We sat in conference room where Mr. Martin Harz, a central office school administrator, explained the German educational system with the different options for vocational training and college.  Schooling is compulsory up to the age of 16 and no children are to be home schooled even for religious reasons.  This stirred up many opinions and thought among everyone in the group.

The second part of the morning consisted of Ms. Christiane Schonauer-Gregg who is the Head of Communcatin, Planning and Technolgiy in the Adminstrative Supervision and Service Authoirty.  I liken this agency to the West Virginia office of Educational Performance and Audits (OEPA) where evaluations of every school takes place every ten years and they produce reports with deficiencies and recommendations.  I didn't see it much different than what is happening in West Virginia.

I went to the market square in the city for a quick lunch and. I had a Trier Brat.  It was just a standard Brat, but it was quite tasty!

We had a river cruise of the Mosel river.  The dock it was located had a dock for Viking a River Cruises and we did see a ship like Viking but another company.  I would like to do that kind of cruise someday.  Anyways, I thought we would have seen vineyards along the way, but that was not the case.  It was some nice scenery though and we turned around before a lock and dam.

We went back into town after the cruise and went to a Greek restaurant.  Still no German food as an organized group!  It was quite good as well.  I haven't had any bad food yet!

We stayed outside talking until 9:30 this evening.

1 comment:

  1. That's very interesting about no homeschooling. That would not go over very well here...