Local Florida School Officials Make A Trip To Germany To Study The Country’s Education System

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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It’s no secret that Germany excels in their schooling system, and that is why school officials from Pinellas County Schools in the Tampa Bay area are making a trip to the country to see what can be incorporated into their own schools.  The focus is on Germany’s dual education system, which provides students with hands-on experience in various fields of work to prepare them for higher education and hopefully a life-long career path.

There is a lot that can be learned from successful programs in other countries, and it is great to see some American educators looking at how German schools prepare their students for life.  The Pinellas Education Foundation, a nonprofit that is funding the trip, want’s to make sure students are fully prepared for life whether they choose to go on to college or enter the workforce right out of high school.

“We live in a global marketplace, and it is essential for businesses to stay abreast of benchmarks and practices of industry peers in other countries,” Pinellas Education Foundation Chairman Jim Myers said in a statement. “It keeps our skill sets current and elevates our competitive edge. We want the same for our schools and ultimately for our students.”

How do you feel the German education systems stacks up to the American system?  What other concepts do you think American schools can learn from those in Germany.  Share your opinions in the comments below.

 

Source: Pinellas County Schools
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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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