Why are the Scottish so friendly? 

Why are the Scottish so friendly? They never queue-jump waiting for the bus, say „Hello“ to the bus-driver and thank while get out. And the bus driver thanks as well. This is just an example. Public life is that way in Scotland, at least in Edinburgh where I have spent my summer holiday. Is it […]

Safer and more efficient crossing in Scotland?

​ I like the traffic light control in Scotland. At most crossings all pedestrians get green light at the same time while all vehicles have to wait. This seems to me safer than I know it from Germany where turning drivers have to give way to pedestrians on a crosswalk. And it also seems to […]

Detachment: Better then Dead Poets Society

This is an exceptional movie in many ways, because of the intense play of Adrien Brody for example, but not least Detachment (Trailer) – which I saw yesterday on Netflix – is a passionate plea against state monopoly on education; it shows what happen to institutions and people (pupils) when they are trapped in that […]

Eine Frage der Freiheit

Warum ich gegen eine (hohe) Erbschaftsteuer bin? Weil der Mensch selbst bestimmen sollte, wem er, wenn er stirbt, sein Eigentum übergibt. Why I am against (high) inheritance taxation? Because each person should decide for themselves who becomes, in case of death, the new owner of his property. It’s a matter of freedom!

„The way we train teachers is fundamentally broken in this country.“

David Levin, a former teacher who co-founded, with Mike Feinberg, KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program.rom at Freakonomics „Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?“: The way we train teachers is fundamentally broken in this country. And I think that’s true on three levels. So one, it’s disproportionately theory-based. And so you’ll learn […]

When mass production was a promise

„His style in architecture and consumer goods was to be functional, cheap and consistent with mass production.“ #bauhaus Beeing at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin it is interesting to see and read that it is just about a hundred years ago, when „mass production“ was a promise for a better life.