Is it possible to skip school completely?

Flexible primary school in HamburgFrom class 1 straight to class 3?

The latest proposal to make primary school time more flexible in Hamburg does not come from the school authorities, but from the parents' chamber. In a conversation with Hamburg's school senator Ties Rabe, Antje Müller, chairman of the chamber, presented the plans on Norddeutscher Rundfunk: "In practice, it could look like the material from the first two years of primary school can be completed in one to three years. That is, one child , who has a good starting point for learning, is smart and motivated, could move on to class 3 after one year, while a child who finds it a little more difficult because they may have German problems can acquire the same material in three years and the Could acquire skills. "

So far it has been possible in Hamburg to let particularly talented primary school children skip a grade. In principle, however, it is not possible to extend primary school beyond four years.

"We had the 'G8 / G9' discussion. But we didn't talk about whether students who come to primary school with poor or unfavorable learning backgrounds are not allowed to stay at primary school until they are able who have the minimum requirements to be able to pass the secondary school. "

Learned skills more important than learning time?

According to Antje Müller, this can be put into practice by teaching the material from the first two years of school either in one year or in a maximum of three years. According to the principle: It is not the duration of knowledge transfer that is decisive for primary school children, but the skills learned.

Hamburg's school senator Ties Rabe is basically open to this idea. After all, the agency itself had made a move in the same direction five years ago. At that time, the authority was looking for pilot schools for the project, especially in what it said was "socially challenging urban areas": "And no schools were found for the project. The schools there were very persistent because they viewed it very critically because it was difficult You might start with three school classes. The classes go to the first class, then the children come to the second class. And then there are some children in each class who need an additional year. Then you would have to take them out of there and go into an extension level. While the other, now too small classes, then move on. You would probably have to rearrange the classes after the second class. Many elementary schools shied away from that. "

Also skeptical voices from parents

And the pilot was canceled. The parents are not quite as convinced of the idea either, at least not those who have just brought their offspring to the Sternschanzen elementary school in Altonaer Straße:

"The jump is way too big, from the first to the third, it's way too big!"

"I think that's completely wrong. That's not at all good. I have a case with a friend whose child was also advised and unfortunately it backfired completely. At some point he couldn't catch up with the matter."

On the other hand, it is not a bad idea to give children with starting difficulties more time to study.

"But that is also quite possible. As is already done here at the all-day school. That children who are slower can learn at their own pace and the children who are faster can go further, but they still have age are together."

The longer learning then works with additional support hours. The class association remains stable for four years. A look at Saxony-Anhalt could help the Hamburgers in their debate about the flexible elementary school. The model has been part of everyday school life there for 15 years. Ten percent of the children at primary schools in Saxony-Anhalt take advantage of the extended primary school offer. The number of students who skip a year is not recorded statistically, but, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of Education there, is negligible.