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Nele McElvany in The Economist on the German school system

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Photo of Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany next to a screenshot of the article from The Economist © Simone Bierwald​/​TU Dortmund & The Economist

Professor Nele McElvany talks about the challenges and potentials in the German school system in The Economist article.

In The Economist article "Germany is flunking the education test", Professor Nele McElvany talks in detail about the challenges and potential of the German school system. The article highlights Germany's alarming results in international education studies such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), as well as the important role of socio-economic status in educational opportunities. Nele McElvany uses concrete examples to show how the education system could be improved: for example, as practised in Hamburg, by introducing language tests for pre-school children and making participation in German courses compulsory if the test is negative; by focusing more on core skills such as reading or by making budgets more flexible to enable disadvantaged schools to tackle problems themselves.

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