Where do liberals go to school

Daycare centers and schools have been forgotten for too long

On this Monday, some federal states are taking a big step towards normalcy with a view to schools. That's right, say the Free Democrats.

On this Monday, some federal states are taking a big step towards normalcy with a view to schools. In Lower Saxony, for example, all students have face-to-face classes for the first time since the beginning of the Corona crisis. In North Rhine-Westphalia, all primary school students should then go to school every day. That's right, say the Free Democrats. FDP leader Christian Lindner says: "Some facilities may be closed locally if there is an acute infection. However, this residual risk no longer justifies withholding funding from children and young people. The situation in many families was no longer reasonable."

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The black and yellow governed North Rhine-Westphalia had already taken another step towards normal operation of the daycare centers. Nationwide, all children can again take part in early childhood education - to a limited extent. The Free Democrats are convinced that this creates opportunities for the little ones and relieves the families, who have been particularly challenged for months. Christian Lindner emphasizes: "Working from home is good, but together with homeschooling it can be a stress test." The last few weeks should also be a lesson for us, "that we are finally doing more for the digitization of education and for reforming educational federalism so that we can obtain common standards for the 16 countries."

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FDP vice-president Katja Suding had already mentioned other specific conditions in a concept paper for opening the door to a successful conclusion. She emphasizes: "Every day that children are denied their right to education, their future opportunities shrink. Every additional day challenges parents anew, many are overwhelmed. Our children have a right to education - even when daycare centers and schools are closed" She explains: “Voluntary tests of children, pupils and teachers can make increasing case numbers visible and help to contain local outbreaks immediately through personal isolation.” In the paper with the title “Giving children back their right to education - even in difficult ones Times ”she also writes:“ It is absolutely disproportionate to wait until a vaccine is found before running a nationwide school or daycare center ”.