Other languages, animals, colors, smells, sounds – diversity is decisive.

Other languages, animals, colors, smells, sounds – diversity is decisive.

In addition, Lower Saxony is the first federal state in which the statutory health insurance companies cover the additional costs for special measures for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are suspicious. "We do not let young people down, even if they attract attention through their drinking behavior" said Minister Mechthild Ross-Luttmann (CDU) in a statement on Thursday. The fight against alcohol consumption among children and adolescents is, however, a task for society as a whole.

Lovesickness was the trigger

In this particular case, it has now emerged that severe lovesickness ultimately triggered the alcohol excess. Here, of course, the parents of teenagers are also in demand: From the age of twelve or 13, the opposite sex plays an extremely important role in the lives of adolescents. Research has shown that children now reach puberty earlier than they did a few years ago. The kids already deal with topics like love and relationships at a young age. The first big heartache is preprogrammed. How should parents deal with it when their offspring withdraws in their room for days because of lovesickness and surrenders to their own heartache – also to avoid reactions like in the case of the girl from Hanover?

The necessary seriousness

First and foremost, the following applies to parents in such a situation: Do not approach the matter without the necessary seriousness. From personal experience you may know very well that such a phase is often overcome very quickly and usually does not end in the hospital, but you also have to understand that the teenager is actually doing badly at this moment. Almost every young person of this age finally believes that the now broken relationship was actually meant to last forever. The more angry the suffering children will react to sayings like "You are still young and you will fall in love often enough" or "In time, the right person will come along". After all, one did not want to hear such wisdom in one’s own youth either – so better avoid it!

Show understanding

Instead, parents should offer themselves to the child as a patient conversation partner without annoying them. The young person should understand that he has the opportunity to turn to his parents with his love problems at any time and in a completely informal manner. With their patience and the time they take for this, they show that they understand the child’s situation and thus give him the feeling of support and security. It may also help the child if the parents report their own lovesick experiences from their youth and thus also convey to the child that they are not alone with their problems. In general, adolescents do not have a tendency to just devour heartache. If the child, despite the understanding of the parents, does not want to talk to mom or dad about their own feelings, the parents shouldn’t be offended. Perhaps you are simply not the preferred contact in this case – there are topics that are even easier to discuss with friends.

Lovesickness must not be a free ticket

In principle, parents are not allowed to overestimate every word and behavior of the child in such a phase. The end of a relationship – even if it only consisted of holding hands – is tantamount to the end of the world during puberty. The teenagers can usually not handle such extreme feelings properly and are therefore not only frustrated, but also often behave very aggressively. For parents, of course, the chances are particularly good to get rid of the child’s anger. Parents must then be aware that the child’s behavior is usually not meant personally and in many cases is even associated with a guilty conscience. However, that doesn’t mean that lovesickness is a free ticket for every utterance, no matter how bad. Certain rules should remain in place. For example, parents should also ensure that the pubescent child does not neglect school because of their worries. Perhaps the school duties can even serve as a distraction and temporarily change the mind of the child. The same applies, of course, to attractive excursions – to an amusement park or to the skating rink – which parents can use to distract their children a little.

When it becomes questionable

In most cases, the lovesickness of young people is only an ultimately harmless and relatively short phase. Nevertheless, parents should also watch out for worrying signs: Especially with girls, a breakup can quickly lead to self-doubt and a cracked self-confidence, which in some cases results in an exaggerated obsession with beauty. While temporary loss of appetite is not uncommon, persistent refusal to eat and excessive exercise can be signals of an eating disorder. Parents should also pay attention to persistent extremely aggressive or depressive behavior. In these cases there are probably limits to the influence of the parents and professional support should be sought. However, these are exceptional cases. As a rule, parents can be sure that the phase of lovesickness in their children will soon be over and the house blessing will have come back. After all, almost everyone asian singles has the loss of the "only true love" and also the next "only true love" eventually processed successfully. Most of them without excessive alcohol, with serious consequences.

More and more children and young people are learning Spanish in school – at the moment there are 285,379. This makes Spanish the fourth most popular foreign language after English (7.3 million), French (1.65 million) and Latin (823,783). Then come Russian (77,000) and Italian (50,000), according to Cornelsen Verlag. In the 2003/2004 school year, fewer than 100,000 young people learned Spanish in upper secondary education, compared to more than 140,000 in 2007/2008.

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Spanish teachers increasingly wanted

Spanish teachers are increasingly sought after due to the high demand. "Demand exceeds supply – the lack of suitable Spanish teachers is a major obstacle. Many schools would like to introduce Spanish as a foreign language" says Heike Malinowski, Head of Editorial Office Spanish at Cornelsen. There are currently around 9,000 Spanish teachers nationwide. The reasons for choosing Spanish are, in addition to the widespread use of the language, its use in everyday life, says Malinowski. After English, Spanish is the most widely used lingua franca.

Spanish is young and modern

When traveling, but also at work, you can often get ahead with knowledge of Spanish. Spanish is the official language of the EU and the UN. Only Chinese and English speak more people than their mother tongue. There is also another reason: Spanish is trendy. The language is considered young and modern, says Malinowski.

Children who travel often learn more easily. This is what the brain researcher and learning psychologist Kristian Folta from the Hildesheim University Foundation found out and is now explaining in the new "Traveling with children 2011" by GEO SAISON extra and BRIGITTE, how the child’s brain benefits from holidays.

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Even if children can no longer remember their vacation later, the foreign stimuli are unconsciously burned in and improve the brain’s ability to structure itself. It works in a similar way with schoolchildren: By acquiring knowledge, they create templates that they can use to classify and differentiate sensory impressions. With each new experience, your treasure trove of templates expands. Kristian Folta: "For small children, all houses look like dad and mom’s. Larger ones already know differences. In Greece many houses are white, in Africa they sometimes have thatched roofs, in Asia skyscrapers soar into the sky."

Intensive learning experience through foreign languages ​​and smells

If children accompany their parents on such trips with enthusiasm and curiosity, these experiences become a learning engine. "What is linked to emotions sticks better in the brain" Folta describes his results. Incidentally, the exclusivity of the trip and the distance that is covered are not decisive. Kristian Folta’s travel tip: "The following generally applies: the greater the difference, the more intense the learning experience. Other languages, animals, colors, smells, sounds – diversity is decisive. And children in Germany and Europe can experience this in abundance."

In the federal states’ education tests, the East clearly beat the West: East German students are far better at maths and natural sciences than most of their West German peers. You can test your own knowledge here with a selection of original test items for ninth grade students.

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In the west, only Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate have consistently achieved performance values ​​that are statistically significant above the national average – in individual cases also Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony. In the east, on the other hand, performance was above average in all federal states. One possible explanation: Mathematics and natural sciences were a domain of the GDR schools. Special emphasis was placed on specialist teacher training. The natural sciences also play a bigger role on the lesson tables in East German schools today than in the West.

More than 44,000 ninth graders tested

More than 44,000 pupils from the ninth grade of all school types took part in the school performance comparison. Employees of the state-owned Institute for Quality Development in Education (IQB) at Berlin’s Humboldt University visited more than 1,300 schools across Germany in May and June 2012. In addition to the tests, interviews were also held with students, subject teachers and school principals on the learning situation.

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Tremendous differences in performance

In mathematics, Saxony ranks first with 536 points, followed by Thuringia (521 points) and Brandenburg (518 points). Bremen is at the bottom with 471 points. A difference of 25 to 30 points roughly corresponds to the learning progress of a school year. Saxon pupils in the ninth grade are thus around two school years ahead of their Bremen peers. There are similarly large differences in performance in physics. The learning gap between the front runner, Saxony, and the bottom, North Rhine-Westphalia, is also around two years.

Social background plays an important role

The study again shows the extremely high dependency on school success and social origin in Germany. Nationwide, according to the results, students from socially better-off families achieve an average of 82 points more in mathematics than young people from socially disadvantaged families. "This corresponds to a performance advantage of almost three school years in favor of pupils with a high social status" write the scientists in their evaluation.