Edu­ca­tion is the way to work and so to high­er pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Demo­graph­ic trends in Ger­many mean that there will be few­er school chil­dren in the future. But that shouldn’t be an excuse to cut back on edu­ca­tion – it is impor­tant to cre­ate true equal­i­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ty by mak­ing sure every­one can access high-qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion. Every school­child, whether their par­ents are aca­d­e­mics or shop-work­ers, whether they come from Ger­many or abroad, should be able to access the edu­ca­tion they need hold their own on the labour mar­ket. The school a child attends in Ger­many – whether a gram­mar school, a com­pre­hen­sive school etc. – is still too good a pre­dic­tor of that child’s back­ground. That needs to change. Invest­ing in edu­ca­tion is invest­ing in future generations.



Read our position paper (in German)