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Education Systems in Austria & Europe
The education system is the great
A small point about Logistics: In
There is no national SAT test to measure progress or equality, since everybody learns the same thing anyway. But you have to pass each subject to advance to the next level. If you do not pass one subject and can’t make it up over the summer, or you fail two or more subjects, you have to repeat that level before advancing. You have to go to school 9 years, not necessarily 9 levels.
Rather than dumb down 95% of kids, 5% may not advance. In fact, many drop out after 9 years and continue with learning a trade and that is acceptable, since really skilled worked are needed as well, as outlined below. That everybody has to pass high school is stupid, because it only dumb down the level of such education. We need skilled workers too!
Now a day: There is also Kindergarten.
A: Grammar school: Grade 1-4
B-2: Junior High: Grade 5-8
C: To continue after 8 or 9 years, you can either:
1: Go to a Senior High school: Grade are 9-12. At the end of any Senior High school, there is a complex multi subject exam of most of the subjects that one needs to pass in order to get a diploma. With that, you can enter universities to study.
2: Go to a
Engineering, Business, Teaching, Music, Tourism & Hotel
3: Learn a trade by entering an apprentice program for 3 years to become a skilled journeyman. E.g.: mechanic, carpenter, cook. Besides working in a licensed teaching company to learn the trade, one also has to go to specialty schools for 2-3 month/year to learn the theoretic and business related subjects. At the end of the three years, there is an exam. If you pass you are a skilled journeyman. After being a skilled journeyman for 2 years, one can become a “Master of the Trade” by taking difficult exams. Choices range from mechanics, cooks, various repairmen, plumbers, electricians, nursing assistants, etc.
4: Drop out of education or skill
building employment. This is tough in
Grade 1: Math,
Learn the basics and the interaction with other kids.
(now taught in kindergarten).
Grade 2: Math,
Become proficient in basic math skills, reading and writing
Grade 3: Math,
Grade 4: Math,
Learn for the entrance exam for Junior High School
Junior High School
Grade 5: 12 Subjects, 34 hours/week, plus plenty of home work.
Physic-1; Biology (Animals);
History (Own Country-old); Geography (Physical Own Country);
Art; Music; Home-Improvement; Physical Exercise; Religions,
Grade 6: 12 Subjects, 34 hours/week, plus plenty of home work.
Physics-2; Biology (Botany); Chemistry-1;
Music; Home-Improvement; Physical Exercise; Religions.
Grade 7: 13 Subjects, 36 hours/week, plus plenty of home work.
Foreign-Language-1&2(English-3-Latin-1) Note: (#2 language can be:
Latin, Old-Greek, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Chinese)
Physic-3; Biology (Human Body); Chemistry-2;
History (Asia & N-America); Geography (Asia & N-America);
Art, Music, Physical Exercise, Religions
Grade 8: 13 Subjects, 36 hours/week, plus plenty of home work.
Math4; Mother-Language-Poems & Rhyme;
Foreign-Language-1 & 2(English-4 & Latin-2);
History (S-America-Africa old); Geography (S-America & Africa);
Art, Music, Physical Exercise; Religions.
Senior High School
Grade 9: 13 Subjects, 36 hours/week, plus plenty of home work.
Math5; Mother-Language-Literature-1 ;
Foreign-Language-1 & 2 & 3 (English-5 & Latin-3 & French-1);
Biology-5; Biology-5; Geology-1;
History (1900 Own Country); Geography (Industrial Own Country);
Art; Physical Exercise; Philosophy-1.
Grade10: 13 Subjects, 36 hours/week, plus plenty of home work.
Foreign-Language-1 & 2 & 3 (English-6 & Latin-4 & French-2);
Physic-6; Biology-6; Geology-2;
Music; Physical Exercise; Philosophy-2.
Grade11: 13 Subjects, 36 hours/week, plus plenty of home work.
Foreign-Language-1 & 2 & 3 (English-7 & Latin-5 & French-3);
History (1900-World); Geography (Industrial World);
Art; Music; Physical Exercise; Philosophy-Social Science.
Grade12: 13 Subjects, 36 hours/week, plus plenty of home work.
Foreign-Language-1 & 2 & 3 (English-8 & Latin-6 & French-4);
History (Human); Geography (World Trade);
Art; Music; Physical Exercise; Philosophy-Political Science.
Grade 9-13: One extra year!
Besides having grade 9-13, they also have many more hours/week during these years. They learn essentially the same as in senior high school, but with less depth and more emphasis in their specialty.
Mechanical engineers have more industrial machinery lab work. Electrical engineers learn everything about energy and wiring industrial plants. Business high schools learn finance and accounting. Hotel & Tourism high school learn every aspect how to run a deluxe hotel.
With these specialty diplomas, many do not have to go to the universities, but enter the job market very qualified. Austrian educated adults were a great export for the whole world’s work place.
To GRADUATE from Any High School, there is a EXAM !!!!!
Basic as well as University Education in
Now, I am not saying everything over there is great, but no system is. One should be able to challenge grades and subjects and excel faster. However, Europeans learn a wide array of subjects as teenager, long before most kids know what to do later, or what jobs are needed later! When the time comes, their wide knowledge helps them to adopt, change carriers, be mobile based on various knowledge.
Suggestion for improving their system are the following subjects: Banking and Personal Economics, Drivers Licenses and how to operate Machinery, Child Education and Home Medicine, Home Maker and Discount Shopping Skills, How To Interview, Work Ethics, Basic Research on how to get things done.
Not all things can be taught in
The reason for a broad education is to
be mobile in the ever faster changing work place. There is plenty of time to
specialize later at the University. But what does the
There are various statistics about how
many engineers are in Europe,
Since I went to school in
While I did not appreciate having just ex- German military officers as my teachers, a little pressure makes stronger, more responsible adults, not citizen blaming their inequalities on everybody else then themselves.
On the good side, kids learn English in Grade school now.
Our shortfall of education requires
massive imports of skilled labor and educated professionals. Limits in
education and immigrant visas will hamper economic growth. We sell successfully
higher education to foreign students, but then we send them home instead of
giving them a green card. These are the people we need for the 21st
century work force, until we educate our own people. But even then, the influx
of new ideas and diverse knowledge from around the world will only help the
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