Teaching the economy
Guest contribution published in the Süddeutschen Zeitung on 11.12.2017
"I’m getting on for 18 and clueless about taxes, rent and insurance. But I can analyse a poem. In four languages." Tweeted by a 17-year-old school pupil three years ago, this sparked off a debate on the importance of economic education in schools. One could say: been there, done that. For, as ever, what did all the subsequent talk lead to? That’s right: nothing. Reasonable people can disagree on whether public finances or Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera is more deserving of a place in a school curriculum. At any rate, numerous studies and surveys have exposed deficiencies in the German public’s knowledge of economics.