In return, parents demand a lot from day-care centers and schools.

In return, parents demand a lot from day-care centers and schools.

According to a survey by the Federal Statistical Office, 17 percent more Germans flew to Greece last year than in the previous year.

With around 2.6 million passengers in total, Greece was only the sixth most popular destination in Europe after Spain, Turkey, Great Britain, Italy and France, but it recorded the strongest increase.

In addition, falling airfares in 2015 make summer holidays attractive.

Where Germans fly to in Europe

country Passengers 2014 (in millions) Passengers 2013 (in millions) Change (%)
Spain 12.10 11.44 5.8
Turkey 6.75 6.46 4.6
Great Britain 6.06 5.84 3.8
Italy 5.86 5.69 2.9
France 3.19 3.21 -0.6
Greece 2.61 2.23 17.1
Portugal 1.65 1.55 6.2
Croatia 0.74 0.74 -0.1
Malta 0.30 0.29 4.7
Cyprus 0.15 0.17 -11.4
Source: Federal Statistical Office, passenger air traffic from German airports. Rounded passenger numbers.

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Contrary to many prejudices and despite seemingly shorter working hours and holidays, teachers work more than most other employees. In particular, teachers are forced to devote a considerable part of their work to their free time. To withstand this stress, teachers need to be emotionally stable and have strong assertiveness. If they are not, it is very likely that in the long run this will have a negative effect on their health or mental state as well as on the quality of their teaching.

One should assume that teachers are experts in the subjects they teach. That is why a teacher must always be aware of what he can and cannot expect from his students: something that is self-evident for the teacher, it is not mandatory for the students. For this reason, a good teacher must always be able to put himself in the shoes of his students. For him it is the great art to build on the previous knowledge of the children in such a way that they understand and recognize new connections and meanings.

"Unfortunately, my son cannot attend physical education today because he forgot his sports gear."

In two years, the first denominational three-religion school in Germany will start in Osnabrück. This decision was made by the city council, confirmed Hans-Georg Freund, head of the city’s school department. The school will give Christian as well as Jewish and Muslim religious instruction and is sponsored by the Diocese of Osnabrück, which also developed the multi-denominational concept. The so-called trialogical school is a joint project of the Diocese of Osnabrück, the Jewish Community of Osnabrück and the Association of Muslims (Schura) in Lower Saxony.

Three Religions School as a Response to Demographic Change

At the school, the students of the three religions should be taught together in all non-religious subjects. Religious instruction should be held separately, however, while religious festivals should be celebrated together. School should start on August 1, 2012, said Freund. The school concept was presented in September 2009 by representatives of the three religions. At that time it was said that the establishment of the school was a reaction to demographic change. The Diocese of Osnabrück developed the multi-denominational school concept against the background of a continuously decreasing number of Catholic students. The Protestant Church is not involved in the school project. Nonetheless, Protestant or non-denominational children can attend school.

Once the initial euphoria has passed, children often complain about school. Too much homework, mean teachers or stupid classmates can spoil the desire for lessons. In such a case, parents should team up with other parents, for example to arrange a meeting with the teacher. This is the advice of Karin Jacob from the Federal Conference for Educational Advice (bke) in Fürth.

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Simplify everyday school life together

Your child may have problems that concern other children as well. Together with other adults, mother and father can consider what things they want to address in school and what could make everyday school life easier for the children.


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The total number of road deaths in Germany has been falling for years. However, these positive accident statistics hide the fact that German traffic routes are still extremely dangerous for children. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has now published an initial estimate of the number of road deaths in the current year on the basis of the accident data to date. The shocking result: The number of accidental deaths under the age of 14 is increasing massively.

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Road safety: accident statistics show more fatally injured children

Although the positive trend of fewer road deaths overall continues, there is one group that cannot benefit from this overall trend: children under 14 years of age. In this age group, there were over a third (34 percent) more fatal accidents than in 2009. Where car drivers benefit from the increasingly better safety systems in their modern vehicles, children on the road remain largely unprotected when they are on their bikes or when they are too Participate in traffic on foot. This year, from January to August, 82 people under the age of 14 died on German roads. That is 21 more than in the same period last year.

Road safety is an issue, especially in winter

Children are particularly at risk in winter. The streets are slippery and the morning trip to school, as well as the evening trip home from a sports club, tutoring or music lessons take place in the dark. That carries risks. A lack of vision is one of the main causes of traffic accidents with children, according to a finding from the German statutory accident insurance. When the days get shorter, drivers should therefore pay particular attention to the little ones.

Constant dangers for children in road traffic increase in winter: "When it is darker in particular, it is difficult for children to assess speeds" says ADAC traffic educator Beate Pappritz. The perceptual abilities of adolescents depend heavily on age. The field of vision of children is still restricted in the form of a tunnel, especially in preschool age.

More traffic safety through better visibility

On the other hand, it is the poor visibility for drivers that puts the little ones at risk: "Security through visibility" therefore demands the German traffic watch (DVW) especially for the dark seasons. Here, parents are required to pay attention to eye-catching clothing for their offspring. Anoraks, jackets and satchels should have reflectors and be as bright as possible: "It’s about making the children shine" says ADAC pedagogue Pappritz.

Traffic safety can be trained

On the way to school, however, the youngest do not primarily think about their safety. Traffic educators therefore urge you to practice this daily route well. ADAC employee Pappritz advises repeated school route training – and also to check: "A few weeks after the start of school, parents should quietly follow their offspring in secret to observe their traffic behavior." Just like the way to school, all other ways that children regularly walk or drive should be trained.

When choosing a route, the general tip applies: the shortest route is not automatically the safest, but the one with as few road crossings as possible. Where these cannot be avoided, they should be equipped with traffic lights and zebra crossings. The trodden snow on the sidewalks also warns you to be particularly careful. The DVW recommends sturdy shoes for slippery paths.

Road safety is not necessarily greater in the car

"In bad weather, parents tend to drive their children to school" notes Pappritz. But this is not necessarily less dangerous, as the Federal Statistical Office has determined: especially in the morning between eight and nine o’clock, children between the ages of six and ten would be involved in accidents – as passengers in the car. Particularly dangerous for life and limb These accidents are children because many parents do without proper security on the short way to school for the sake of convenience. The rules are clear, ADAC expert Pappritz warns: "Children up to the age of twelve or a height of 1.50 meters have to use a child seat."

Cities and municipalities can also contribute to greater road safety

In order to better protect children, however, it is not only the parents who have a duty. Cities and municipalities could also do a lot. So-called dialogue displays, for example, have an accident-prevention effect. The Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) points this out. Preferably in the vicinity of schools and kindergartens, they not only inform drivers on the roadside about their current speed. They also show smiling children’s faces and praise with a green background "Thank you!" if the driver adheres to the speed limit. If not, appears "Slowly!" in red.

Crèche children should learn English, parents lie in wait for teachers to discuss grades: when it comes to the supposed well-being of their offspring, mom and dad are sometimes unstoppable. Pedagogues report on the madness of everyday life in schools and daycare centers.

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Beyond the goal

They only want the best for their children – and often overshoot their mark: many parents are uncompromising when it comes to the education of their offspring. Ultimately, David and Marie should receive optimal support. In return, parents demand a lot from day-care centers and schools.

Not only the children suffer from the enormous pressure

If the little ones then develop more slowly than desired or if their performance does not meet the expectations of mom and dad, the pressure increases. Every supposed deficit is a potential cause for hysteria, every bad grade a drama.

The children suffer from the pressure just like the climate in daycare centers and schools. And parents also target people who are supposed to help the little ones with their development. Then educators have to justify why one-and-a-half-year-olds still wear diapers and teachers are pinched because of supposedly too harsh grades.

Affected educators report

Spiegel Online asked people who were confronted with overly ambitious parents in their work at schools and in a daycare center – and recorded the pressure that mom and dad exert.

Day care center – "Early musical education just sounds much better than singing"Elementary school I – "Many parents cannot assess their children"Elementary School II – "It has to be high school!"Waldorf School – "What the children want is secondary"High school – "Some parents are resistant to advice"

Fair, cool, nice, funny, but strict – this is what the dream teacher of German students looks like.