In the German papers this week: BER airport... finally? GDR medals stolen in Stasi Museum raid, Germany's education ranking drops, pillar of human remains at the Reichstag, tonne of illegal sheesh seized, and more! Read more

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INTERVIEW! Berlin's Schulfarm Insel Scharfenberg was the most radical of all pedagogical experiments started during the Weimar Republic. Today film "Die Insel" pays tribute to this unique educational bubble. Catch it on Sep 26, 20:00 at Lichtblick. Read more


Back to school! Here's our 13-page special on learning in Berlin with a guide to bilingual education, Germany's failing integration concept and coming out as trans in school. Also: prepping for the end, writing workshops, Chilly Gonzales and more... Read more

More than 12,000 children in Berlin, most refugees, are attending Willkommensklassen. These classes could be a key investment in integration, say teachers hired for the task – instead, they consider themselves exploited for a short-term solution. Read more


Kids from Syria rescue a famous Ossi school, winning over locals' acceptance and affection deep in reputedly refugee-adverse Brandenburg. A Merkel refugee integration dream come true? Ruth Schneider drove up to Golzow and checked the reality of it. Read more


Ready to jumpstart your creative career? The BBW University of Applied Sciences’ Management of Creative Industries Master's Program is here to help you out. Read more


Our summer dance special is out on newsstands now! If you haven't picked one up yet, here's a warm-up. There's more ways to move your feet than you think: with the variety of cultures to be found here in Berlin comes a variety of dance styles. Read more

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Tailor programmed for everyone from hardware designers to surveillance (not-so) paranoids, from July 15-17 at Kulturbrauerei Open Knowledge Festival is the world's biggest free data and knowledge sharing event of the year. Time to expand your mind! Read more

Insider Tips

While homeschooling has a less-than-favourable reputation elsewhere, it's outright verboten here. But if you're not a fan of the state schools, there are ways to keep your special brat away from the mainstream school system without breaking the law. Read more


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Last Thursday, 2500 Berlin students went on strike to defend the rights of the refugees at Oranienplatz. The police were not at all happy about this. Read more


Jacinta Nandi isn't sure whether German schools are systematically racist or not, but she sure knows what can be done to improve things – just a little bit Read more

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German schools have a racism problem – and because of that, so does German society. Read more

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German people are always complaining about language standards slipping. But Jacinta Nandi wonders whether things are really as bad as everyone says they are? Read more

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German people only give a shit about freedom when it suits them, says Jacinta Nandi Read more

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Jacinta Nandi sends her kid to private school. And she's a bit ashamed of it, as well. Read more

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Stressed? Let it all out banging traditional Guinean drums in a one-man drumming school in Alt-Treptow run by Nathan Berg. Beat Etage promises an intense workout, stinging hands and endorphin rush! Read more

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People say that British state schools aren't competitive enough – but we're still more competitive than all those German Waldorf-mäßige hippies, says Jacinta Nandi. Read more

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Konrad thinks Angie should just cut Horst loose and get on important stuff like watching the football. Read more

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Still struggling with a list of German words shorter than the U55 line and a vocabulary limited to ‘Scheiza’, ‘oder?’ Maybe it’s time you thought about going back to school. Luckily, we've done our homework and found seven new exciting options! Read more

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