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 …

“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 …