School system germany vs the netherlands
The core objectives for primary education describe what a child should know and be able to do at the end of elementary school. Subjects for which core objectives apply, are legally required. This is laid down in the Decree on Renewed Key Objectives WPO. This means that all children are taught these subjects.
A school determines itself how it teaches these subjects and with which teaching materials. Children learn at elementary school, for example, that they must behave with respect for generally accepted norms and values. They also learn to take care of the environment.Mandatory lessons about sexuality
Lessons about sexuality and sexual differences are mandatory in elementary school. This is stated in the core objectives. In these lessons, children learn to respect sexual differences and preferences. Mandatory lessons about science and technology
Elementary schools must also teach lessons about science and technology. This is stated in the core objectives. There is a shortage of technicians in the Netherlands. The government therefore wants more attention for these subjects. Frisian as a compulsory school subject
The University of Amsterdam provides professionalization programs for teachers on behalf of the Wetenschapsknooppunt Amsterdam (WKA). Together with the NEMO Science Center, we have carried out projects aimed at making science and technology accessible to schools.
In addition to carrying out a project, we are also happy to visit schools to tell them about what we have to offer. We can also introduce teachers to science and technology through workshops. The implementation of professionalization programs and study days is customized. We are happy to discuss the details with the school or school board.
The University of Amsterdam – in collaboration with the NEMO Science Museum – organizes monthly lectures in which children’s questions are answered. During each lecture the focus is on a real child’s question. Together with a scientist, the children will try to find the answer using experiments and assignments. The children’s lectures are for children aged 8 to 12.
Special elementary schools teach on the basis of a faith, belief, or educational concept. Public schools do not. Both public and special schools can give extra attention to sports or music classes, to teach in 2 languages, or only teach children with behavioral problems or disabilities.
Public elementary schools are open to every child. Education at a public elementary school is not based on a religion or philosophy of life.Elementary schools that are based on a religion or philosophy of life
In some Broad Schools pupils receive extra language lessons. There are also Broad Schools where parents can attend a parenting course. Or where local residents can attend a civic integration course.
A school for special primary education knows how to deal with children with behavioral problems or a disability. The pupils are placed in smaller groups. The school always checks first whether your child can join a regular elementary school.
Education in Germany, at least regular education for schoolchildren and students, is organized in most cases by government agencies. It begins at the age of six and lasts for at least ten years, that is, until the pupils are sixteen. The pupils are separated at the age of ten and go to schools with different levels.
Around 1900 in Germany for the common people there was that Volksschule, which some good pupils were allowed to leave earlier to go to a higher school. However, this was also a matter of money. Richer people sent their children to a higher school, often called die Mittelschule. A small group of rich and talented children were allowed to attend the Gymnasium which trained for university studies.
The differences between the three types were: Mittelschule and Gymnasium were for the rich people, because they had to pay a lot of money for them, the Volksschule was free. But only the Gymnasium gave the Abitur, the allgemeine Hochschulreife (general ability for a college). This is a simplified overview, in reality the schools differed in name, profile or administrators. In the 1960s came the current system of Hauptschule, Realschule, Gymnasium and Gesamtschule.