bockboanig [ˈbɔkbaɪ̯nɪç]: Children to power!

Northern Upper Palatinate. Although or precisely because I am an old bachelor, the subject of children has always been particularly close to my heart. In view of the fact that at the beginning of the school year there is again a shortage of teachers everywhere, the demand is about to burst. And it’s not just politicians who get traffic tickets, we all get them! A shine.

Photo: OberpfalzECHO/David Trott

Every year again… I’m a little early, please put down the bitten gingerbread and finish reading the sentence… Every year at the start of the school year we realize that we actually have a bit too few teachers, to say the least. According to estimates from the teachers’ union, there is actually a shortage of 4,000 workers in Bavaria alone.

No one could have guessed it – experts calculate for us day by day, up to three digits, how the economy grows, shrinks and bites, and why the DAX moves forward, backward or sideways. At the same time, professional talk show hosts explain the world to us, and business and political consultants give smart lectures.

Children are a people’s most precious possession. They have the right to develop into self-determined and responsible personalities.

Bavarian Constitution, Article 125

“Hi, I’m a car mechanic and I teach English and religion”

OECD Education Coordinator Andreas Schleicher, responsible for the PISA survey, said: “The question of how important a society attaches to education has an important impact on school performance. This means that factors such as the image of the teaching profession come into play.” In the eyes of numerous education politicians and also a large part of the population, it seems quite easy, read a little knowledge and take care of the little ones – you learn the subject yourself, which in turn shortens the expensive training time. So becoming a teacher is a dream job. A management consultant or a economist must have come up with this brilliant idea – of course for a small seven-figure fee.

I hear them again…

“For God’s sake, who’s going to pay for it? Us again”, sounds the classic deep sigh from German Michels. Of course we do, who else? We also do that (without complaining) if a Quandt or Klatten -family feel uncomfortable or if the capital’s shy deer are disturbed during their very sensitive grazing. We save almost everything – car manufacturers, banks – it hurts small businesses like bakeries – but invest in teachers now, it still needs to be carefully checked. We should just shame on us.

Here is a small selection from the typical German phrase pool:

  • “Six weeks off in the summer – I want it to be that nice.”
  • “It costs jobs elsewhere.”
  • Hamma didn’t have it before either.’
  • “I already pay so much for gas.”
  • “I could do that too—but I don’t have a Cordsacko.”
  • And don’t forget: “Where’s Behle?”

I’m afraid we’re more likely to find Jochen Behle in some cross-country hairpin turn in Lake Placid than a long-term solution to our teacher shortage.

Educators have known the farce for a long time

Incidentally – just incidentally – a floor below is on fire quite a bit. Another phrase you hear regularly, and it makes me tear phantom hairs, is when politicians proudly announce: “We will invest almost four billion euros in the daycare expansion, we are spending real money there.” First of all, they are legal. obliged to do so, and secondly: what is the purpose of this wording – is it perhaps still a bit dull, sapless and weak? You can hear the defiant, withdrawn teenager here again: “Okay, I’ll do my homework, even if it’s kind of pointless”.

As with a watering can, we give out a billion here, one there, to the car industry it can of course be a little more. Unfortunately, children are not cars – we all had to rescue them in need during Corona, thanks to short-term work funded by all of us, the disaster for our car companies could be averted.

True respect from within

Four billion euros – that’s about twice the balance sheet of Sparkasse Weiden, 40 Eurofighters or about 16 Neymars. Not anymore. And we cackle about the possibilities to make the teaching profession more attractive: a little bachelor’s degree here, a bit of further education there and maybe a few career opportunities there. In one of the richest countries in the world, all this should actually be a matter of course, equivalent to nursing care, as well as good pay and above all appreciation.

But it’s not, we don’t even manage to finally use the correct job title “educator” instead of “educator”. In Japan, by the way, they have the social status of a university professor, and in our country? “A bit of fun for children all day long – I want it to be this cosy. Finally, I screw the right headlight from the new five into the body. I think I have already earned twice the salary there,’ says the German Michel. And keep looking for Jochen Behle…

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