The demographic trend of the population aged under 19 reflects the fall in the birth rate recorded in most countries of the European Union (EU-27). The most significant decrease being in the 10-19 age group (22%). About 21% of Austria’s population is underaged. A similar figure shows the proportion of the people in Switzerland. In German, the share of minors displays a percentage of 18.7 (data extracted July 2011). The European projection for Austria until 2020 is suspected with -8.8%, Switzerland -1.8% and Germany with -12.8%. We are witnessing an increasing obsolescence of the German-speaking population in Europe. This statement means that our children must provide more performance in the future than we have today. They will have to maintain the high proportion of retired populationFor this reason it is either necessary to improve the education and drive the innovation process in our countries or open the market for foreign workers that support or local insurance systems.
Austrian as well as Germany are European countries that have no standard criteria for an external evaluation implemented for the primary and secondary schools. Also neither the findings are published, nor the students performance data is included in this assessment. In both countries, the schools are not allowed to have any autonomy in making any decision about the number of employed teacher or financial resources. The teacher is usually employed by the central government and has a contractual status. This is an indication of dependence on Austrian and Germany government. The EU average of the years a student spends in the local education system is 17.5 years.
To summarize the sociocultural phenomenon and contrast findings we have (1) a rapidly increasing of obsolesce in population, (2) local governments have total control of the education system, and (3) an increase of years students spend in education systems. The question that remains unanswered is: how should this calculation work?
Based on this perspective, we cannot give up any of our students just because it does not fit with the expectation of our education systems. About 25% of school-aged students struggles with symptoms of learning disabilities. This children often leave the school earlywithout getting the chance to learning a profession that fits to their strengths. Imagine a world without the heritage of Leonardo daVince, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, John Irving and Steve Jobs. What have Robbie Williams, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, Whoopi Goldberg and Lewis Hamilton in common? They were educated in school systems that are person-centred and interested in the individual strengths and weaknesses of each student. They do not have to follow a strict education plan as our students have to do. An education plan that was thought to develop soldiers with the skills of writing and reading.