The Austrian school system – the way it should change

September 18th, 2012 by eder3laura3s


by Laura EDER, BORG Krems/Austria


Our school system has changed a lot over the years, in unison with our society. But after some time it started to get stuck. And this stagnation lasts till today. The biggest problem to be solved is the political attitude concerning the school system, because the only things that count are new laws and bylaws which are passed by ministers who don’t even have any idea how school really works. If they consulted students to make the laws more useful, the school system would change in a way which would be much easier for the whole society. Apart from that, there are too many standards to be met, which leads to despair among students and not uncommonly in depression or other mental problems like fear or resignation.

Because of all the reasons mentioned above, our school system should start to make sure that the students’ needs are taken into consideration. Their strengths should be promoted instead of their weaknesses, in order to turn going to school into a desire to learn more and to satisfy their curiosity, rather than a responsibility.

Furthermore, students should have the opportunity to choose their subjects on their own, except for two or three compulsory subjects. They should have the chance to set their own priorities where they know they want to learn more about. This way they would probably have a different attitude, than to a subject they are not interested in. Additionally, the curriculum should be adapted to the students’ needs to help them meet the requirements and not get lost in general education. In addition to this, students shouldn’t be forced to repeat a year, just because of a subject they don’t like or they are not good at.

Another thing to take into account is the way of teaching. In many subjects teacher-centred teaching is the essential method used during the whole lesson, which leads to less attention, boredom and distraction in every imaginable way. Lessons should be based on discussions and motivation to occupy oneself with the current topic.

Moreover, school should be an essential time to prepare for the future and for the working life. Not only should job orientation be a big topic, but also national and international political events as well as a profound knowledge of computers and modern technology.

What is more, teachers need to get a good pedagogical education before they start their job as a teacher. During this education they should learn how to interact with their students and learn how to prevent the common school phobia.

On the whole, I want to say that our school system is a bit square and urgently needs a complete make-over. Maybe we could take some countries like Finland or Sweden as an example of how to improve school and how to deal gently with our future – the kids.

Gender Roles – then and now

May 23rd, 2012 by eder3laura3s

by Laura Eder, BORG Krems

Did you already cook your husband a good meal? Or did you do the vacuum cleaning? Women are asked these kinds of questions each and every day. Even though the gender roles have changed – they have not turned upside down, but they are indeed altered – many people still think, only women have to do the household chores, take care of the kids and be there for their husbands whenever they need them.
This is what people thought it should be like in former times. The wife had to be in the house, look after the kids, cook, clean and even look good for her husband. She was not the one to make money or be successful in a job. If she was working, it was mostly just to earn more money, but not to start her own, big career. Working and earning money was the male part. They went to work to have enough money to afford their families a good life. Often they were also in charge of the financial management of the household.
Today many things look slightly different. Women have emancipated themselves and demanded equal rights to their male counterparts. First of all, they want to work and not just stay at home with the kids. They want the same chances to achieve higher positions in a job, and if they get pregnant they will not stay at home with the kids as long as they did in former times.
Society is so fast-paced these days, and if you do not get a move on, you will not be able to exist any longer in the working world. This is why women often try to come back to work as soon as possible in order to keep pace with the working world. Because if they stayed at home longer than their maternity leave would take, they could lose their job.
Apart from this, family structures have developed new forms. There are more single parents or families without kids, which is so different to the past. In former times, there often used to live more generations of a family in one household with many more kids than today. This is also a reason for the changing role allocation, as single parents have to do the household and the working part, so there is no question what should be done by whom. Besides that, there are childless families in which partners often share the chores and mostly concentrate on their respective careers.
From my point of view the new role allocation is neither good nor bad. Everything has its positive and negative sides. You cannot say it was better in the past or it is better now, because some things should be kept in mind, like, it does not matter if the man is working and the woman is at home with the children or the other way around, the most important thing is to find out what is the best for the family and for everyone who is involved.

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May 22nd, 2012 by eder3laura3s

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