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ZS Verlag Zabert-Sandmann 2007

"Letzte Chance für gute Schulen. Die 12 großen Irrtümer und was wir wirklich ändern müssen" (Last chance for good schools 12 major misconceptions and what really should be changed) by Ludger Wößmann

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Facts not prejudice – urgent action needed for better schools

PISA made it obvious: the German school system has lost its vigour. In an international comparison, German pupils are merely mediocre. Only in the category of unequal opportunity does Germany sadly top the list.

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"Letzte Chance für gute Schulen. Die 12 großen Irrtümer und was wir wirklich ändern müssen" (Last chance for good schools 12 major misconceptions and what really should be changed)
by Ludger Wößmann
ZS Verlag Zabert-Sandmann, München: September 2007
Hardcover, 192 pp.
ISBN: 978-3-89883-187-1, 16,95 € (D) / € 17,50

Germany’s social and economic development is endangered if the intellectual potential of its children is not tapped. Parents, grandparents, educators, politicians and managers have rightly taken the PISA results seriously. But has the discussion been informed? No, according to Ludger Wößmann, one of Germany’s leading educational experts in his new book, Letzte Chance für gute Schulen. Whether progressive or conservative, immediately affected or responsible, all have good intentions but are often full of ideological preconceptions. The result is decades of falsely designed reforms whose results are never verified. Wößmann however has examined the facts. Based on internationally comparable data he has identified 12 major educational misconceptions and has confronted them with some surprising truths.

The school system doesn’t need more computers, more teachers or more money for sustainable improvement. Much more decisive are teachers’ qualifications and a targeted use of funding. This is precisely what happens when publicly financed schools are run by private organisations and thus can independently decide, as in the Netherlands, how to use the money. A look a PISA champion Finland, is also worthwhile. Instead of separating children at an early age into three separate school types, as in Germany, they are taught together up to the ninth grade. This increases equal opportunity without any decline in educational quality.

Ludger Wößmann, born in 1973, is professor at the University of Munich. Father of two, he is head of hte department Human Capital and Innovation at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research where he has analysed international pupil performance.

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"Recommandation: „Buy this book"
Die Zeit

"A persuasive pamphlet."
Stern

"End the grand delusion of the German school system!"
Handelsblatt

"It is the merit of Ifo researcher Ludger Woessmann to have releaved the education debate from its ideological narrowness and disposed of several myths."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

"It does not happen often that a researcher presents his results in such a pronounced and generally understandable way to the public."
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

"An easy read in a virtually anglo-saxon style (…) Scientific, but concise, and partly provocatively phrased. His arguments are equally coherent and plausible, also for non-economists."
SR2 KulturRadio

"Rarely do education researchers present their results in such a pronounced, comprehensible and non-ideological way."
Financial Times Deutschland

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