Teachers' association rejects accusations of racism

Children play in a school playground, about dts
Children play in a school playground, about dts
The head of the German Teachers' Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, has resisted the accusation of widespread racism in German schools.

"The fact that there is a massive spreading racism in schools, which the teachers do not have under control - I would definitely like to oppose this representation", Meidinger told the "Welt" (Monday edition). Schools are always a reflection of society, “that is, there is racism there too”.

But it is not the case that schools, for example, systematically look away - on the contrary: “Schools have this in mind.” Nevertheless, teachers should be particularly sensitive to racism and know how to deal with certain statements in the classroom. "For some teachers who don't teach social science, it shouldn't be that easy," said Meidinger, who runs a school in Bavaria. The chairman of the Association for Education and Upbringing (VBE), Udo Beckmann, sees the situation more critically than Meidinger. "We would do a disservice to only speak of isolated cases in this context and dismiss the importance of the subject," he said. A more intensive examination of racism is needed as a form of violence in schools, said Beckmann.

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