There was a sixty second piece on state-run German news last night (ARD)....which brought up the newest Bundestag issue and "solution".
The German government has been fumbling around for months with a statistical issue that became public knowledge in the last year or two....that roughly 7.5 million of the 82-million Germans.....can't read or write, or barely can achieve such.
The plan? A ten-year plan that will involve 180 million Euro to be spent....roughly 18 million Euro a year. I now....when you look at this amount....it's not really that much.
What this will end up paying for? What they suggest is better teaching material, which works for the office or company-type environment, and some digital method of accessing the material.
Is it really that big of a issue?
I think if you dig into the numbers....what you come to is that a fair number of Germans basically skated through a marginal school system, and they read or comprehend at the 3rd or 4th grade level. These aren't stupid individuals....just that the system wasn't made to personally help them around age nine or ten when they needed a personal tutor or 'coach' for six months. Teachers didn't care, and the system just pushed them along and dumped them into some step below the apprentice program. So they became employed at the lowest level....and without any reading or comprehending in the mix....they never moved up.
Reality is a harsh thing.
If you pick up this topic and really survey it....it leads you to an odd observation. This group of 7.5 million Germans aren't that gifted to grasp political issues, or slanted news.....yet they have the ability to vote and disrupt the system.
Oddly, when they wrapped up this analysis of the 7.5 million being an issue.....they didn't do a state-by-state analysis or a east versus west study and pinpoint where the money ought to be spent. In some ways, they are just throwing 180 million Euro into the air and where ever it lands...that's good enough.