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There are currently a lot of construction sites at the school" criticized the education expert Gomolzig. It’s not about simply teaching German – it’s about German as a second language. "German teachers teach German children the German language. With refugees, I need a completely different educational concept" he said.

According to the Ministry of Culture, the additional qualification has been scaled back due to a lack of demand at universities in recent years. "We cannot expand this competence as quickly as we would like" said a spokesman. First-year students are only available to the labor market after seven or eight years.

There is a lack of teachers

In addition: Regardless of the qualifications, there are too few teachers in the country. "Finding suitable educational staff is a significant challenge" said a spokesman for the Ministry of Culture. The supply of refugees at the general education schools is currently guaranteed. The situation is problematic at the vocational schools. "The 19 and 20-year-olds who still need vocational and school education were not all taken care of in a timely manner" he admitted. But more classes are to be set up there.

Opportunities for career changers

The country is soliciting help from retirees, hiring hundreds of teachers, and the supplementary budget provides for many more jobs. But the job market is tense. "We need further flexibility – the temporary employment of teachers who do not meet the career requirements" said a spokesman. The state wants to attract more lateral entrants to schools. "For example, German studies graduates also come into play."

"Its burning on all edges and corners"

"You get the last reserve because you can see that there is a fire in every nook and cranny" says Gomolzig. In addition to the staff, the classrooms are also limited. "Either we go down the standard and say we are shortening compulsory lessons for the regular classes" said Gomolzig. But that could lead to displeasure towards refugees. "Or we hire teachers we don’t have."

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Excitement about correct school clothes. Following a school initiative to ban sweatpants from the classroom, there are both approving and disapproving voices. But how far can the school intervene in civil liberties and establish dress rules? 

A Catholic school in Hamburg does not want to see underwear or too much bare skin in its students, a school in the northern Black Forest caused a sensation in the summer with a ban on hot pants. Now jogging pants have also been targeted: A school campus in Schwieberdingen near Stuttgart in Swabia wants to ban the baggy pants from lessons.

Dress codes as a means against brand fetishism?

Dress codes and uniforms are already common practice in some private schools. Education researchers and teachers disagree, however: How useful are dress codes? For some, dress rules are a suitable means of curbing brand fetishism among young people. For others, the freedom of the individual is more important.

Headmistress Ilse Riedl is sure of her cause. For years she has not tolerated sweatpants at the Hermann Butzer School, which is attended by elementary, secondary and secondary school students. "The school is not a chill-out zone" says the teacher. The school is a workplace – this should also be made clear in the school rules.

Educational researchers: dress rules are part of good school culture

For her colleague Sandra Vöhringer at the neighboring community school, Riedl has become a role model. There, too, the baggy pants should be on the index. Clothing also has something to do with attitude, Vöhringer had said.

The educational researcher Klaus Hurrelmann from the Hertie School of Governance Berlin says that the discussion about dress rules is part of good school culture. In his opinion, sweatpants don’t fit into the classroom, where you practice a certain performance behavior. "I think dress codes make a lot of sense."

Debates about who wears which pants can sometimes seem superficial and petty. Hurrelmann sees this as a hook for important questions such as: "Do we want to be guided by the fashion world, advertising?" In his opinion, students enjoy having clear rules that, in the best case scenario, they have negotiated and can support. "That gives security because equality prevails."

German basic right via country rules

Education is a country matter, but students all over Germany have the basic right to free personal development. From the point of view of the Ministry of Culture in Stuttgart, there is no justification for a ban on sweatpants. Teachers’ personal tastes should not be used as a guideline for student clothing in public schools.

Gerhard Brand from the federal board of the Association of Education and Upbringing (VBE) says: "It is really a problem that students often show up at school in provocative clothing." To prevent this, schools could find a consensus in their mission statement or in the school conference which items of clothing are not welcome.

In his experience, however, the personal conversation, in which one appeals to the student’s reason, is the most fruitful. Prohibitions could not stand in the courts.

State parent representatives reject dress codes

The VBE state spokesman from Baden-Württemberg, Michael Gomolzig, says: "If you pursue individual learning, you cannot put the students in a uniform." The intention of the school in Schwieberdingen was understandable, the problem left sic

h but not solve with a set of rules. The students’ insight is important. The state parents’ representative in Baden-Württemberg Carsten Rees also rejects dress codes: "What is the state’s interest in prescribing aesthetics? None!" Such regulations approach totalitarian systems.

Schoolchildren wanted school uniforms

Private schools are free to prescribe certain clothing or a uniform. In the internationally known boarding school in Salem on Lake Constance, there is a mandatory dress code with shirts and sweaters in the school colors blue and white. "Interestingly, that’s what the students themselves wanted" says headmaster Bernd Westermeyer. "They were unhappy with the brand madness. This was clearly a stress factor for the children." The students think it is nice to show themselves as a community.

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With her ban on sweatpants, however, the headmistress Riedl has less of an eye on the fashion mania. She sees it as her task to give her students the tools they need for life. She fears: If you never learn that sweatpants are not appropriate at work, you may go to an interview with them and be surprised that you won’t get a training position.

Someone wants to be funny, but it backfires. Ironically, the renowned Oetinger-Verlag, which distributes Astrid Lindgren’s books, has now spoiled itself with mothers, feminists and quite a few Internet users. Tanja’s bra is to blame, or rather a poster that is supposed to advertise a new boys’ book. The title: "The inner values ​​of Tanja’s bra". The publisher got a shit storm for this. The drawing on the poster serves all the stereotypes of roles, but it’s certainly just irony that boys at 14 will understand immediately. You also have one "Super brain" where girls only have one "cavity" have and one "Intelligence output station" at the point that the female counterpart has a "Chatterbox" occupies. The poster describes almost all parts of the body of boys and girls in this way. Ben is fully dressed, wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Tanja is shown in a tight bikini. Your chest is that "Confusion module" and Ben has one in the crotch "Undercover sensor".

Conclusion: the boy is cool, funny and intelligent, the girl is pretty and – uh? Was there anything else?

Role clichés underpinned with confusion module versus undercover sensor

"Funny, disrespectful and with an ultra-cool girl and boy poster in every book." this is how Oetinger-Verlag advertises it. The @feminismusheute campaign took up this. The tweet "#I need feminism so that such advertisements can no longer be hung in schools!" caused the excitement on the net. The picture shows the poster in a grammar school in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

via "@feminismusheute: "#I need feminism so that such advertisements are no longer displayed in schools!" (Lina)"

– Shunra Haktana (@ShunraHaktana) April 8, 2015

Numerous users on social networks find the campaign disrespectful and not at all funny. Role stereotypes are served and consolidated. "Ultra cool" like the publisher itself, nobody finds it. Asks on Twitter "The mom": Oetinger-Verlag – is it still possible?"

The Oetinger publishing house, which among other things "Pippi Longstocking" Books by Kirsten Boie and "The Hunger Games" in its range, defends itself on its Facebook page and calls for the discussion of role stereotypes:

"Hotly discussed online today: This poster, which is enclosed with the book ‘The Inner Values ​​of Tanja’s Bra’, shows thirteen-year-old Ben’s view of girls of the same age. Ben paddles from one fat bowl to the next because he is guided by gender stereotypes. The reader laughs at Ben’s ironically pointed aberrations. The poster follows the same principle and is deliberately overdrawn so that there is no room for doubt: This is not about a serious representation of gender characteristics, but about prejudices that are widespread among adolescents in puberty. As a youth book publisher, we take this topic seriously and use irony here. Which gender clichés annoy you?"

@mia_colt This here:

– The Mutti (@Die_Mutti) April 8, 2015

Oetinger-Verlag wanted to be ironic

According to "Buzzfeed" said managing director Doris Jahnsen, the publisher had published the book in order to play with gender clichés, they did not want to cement them, but presented them ironically. The drawings are so exaggerated that one can only laugh at the gender clichés. "And humor is known to be the best weapon against stereotypes."

Hotly discussed online today: This poster, which is enclosed with the book “The inner values ​​of Tanja’s bra”, shows the view …

Posted by Verlagsgruppe Oetinger on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Dear Oetinger-Verlag! We definitely advise next time "irony" write in bold letters. Of course, the clichés are exaggerated, but it’s still not really funny, if only because no young person from the target group speaks that way – regardless of whether they have an intelligence station or a chat station.

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