Hardly born, already lost

In Canada, Estonia and Finland, the so-called educational permeability is twice as high as in this country. More money alone by no means cures the problem – especially since good concepts don’t even have to cost a lot.

Primary school classes in February 2021 in Frankfurt an der Oder

VOf all liberal values, equity is one of the most fundamental. If this is not the case, it is more difficult to justify why above all performance, competition and personal responsibility should be the principles for state action and help. It starts with small children. If they are not offered at least approximately comparable starting conditions, they will hardly be able to catch up later in terms of education, health and salary. Creating equal opportunities for the little ones is therefore right at the top of the political agenda. Unfortunately, Germany is far from that.

Even in kindergartens and elementary schools, children from different educational backgrounds hardly come into contact, especially in cities. Their performance in the first grades is correspondingly wide. Children of academic parents later make it eight times more often than children of parents with lower educational qualifications. In countries like Canada, Estonia or Finland, on the other hand, the so-called educational permeability is twice as high. Germany – a country that is supposed to be fair and that relies on innovative, well-trained people – can no longer afford that.