German high school graduates are increasingly shunning vocational training in favor of attending universities, The Wall Street Journalreported. Government officials said on Friday that new data show that 2013 was the sixth consecutive year in which there was a decline in the number of high school students seeking vocational training. Germany's education system, long hailed as a key to the country's economic growth, has a strong divide between vocational training and universities for those finishing high school.
The University College London’s student union barred a self-described “Nietzsche Club” from holding meetings on campus because of concerns that the group, which advertised discussions of the philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger and Julius Evola and which printed the phrase “Equality is a false God” on its posters, was formed to promote fascism or might have ties to fascist organizations, The Daily Beastreported.
The motion to ban the group stipulates that the philosophers the Nietzsche Club proposed to study were “on the extreme-right, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, homophobic, anti-Marxist, anti-worker and have had connections, direct or indirect, with Italian fascism and German Nazism." (The Daily Beast article noted that while Mussolini and Hitler were known to be admirers of Nietzsche, many political scientists argue that links between fascism and Nietzsche result from misreadings of his work. Heidegger was a member of the Nazi Party while Evola wrote the book, Fascism Viewed From the Right.)
A student union official told The Daily Beast that the ban, approved by the student union in March, has been temporarily suspended pending legal review. Members of the Nietzsche Club did not return the publication’s requests for comment.
British authorities are removing American classics from the syllabus and test of literature that British students take to show their ability to study literature, The Independent reported. Among the works being removed are To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men. Reportedly the education secretary personally pushed for the shift, and the syllabus and exam will increasingly focus on British literature (excluding modern British literature). Bethan Marshall, a senior lecturer in English at King's College London, told The Sunday Times: “It's a syllabus out of the 1940s.... This will just grind children down.”