Authoritarian systems suppress education knowing that it is a danger to them, whilst open societies promote education because they rely on the independent and self-reliable citizens. This is true worldwide.
A recent study followed this general remark in more detail looking at educational goals worldwide.
A couple of days ago, while flicking through the TV channels I heard a psychologist talking about ”burn-out“ even in pre-school children. Though we should be careful in diagnosing by using today ́s catchwords, there is some truth in it.
Always in the papers in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece or Portugal: too few children are born. If those countries would not have immigration, it would be much lower. Population shrinks.
What is the matter? The „Value of Children“ approach tries to answer this question. Starting already in the seventies of the last century but being more and more developed until modern times, mainly by sociologist Bernhard Nauck.
Most of the Immigrants in Germany come from societies with traditional family patterns like South Eastern Europe and Turkey. Families from those would be considered as stable having a low divorce rate. But when people are disembodied from their original country and marry a German partner, this changes, as a on mixed marriages in Germany showed. Read more
Europe in former centuries was a continent of emigration, now it struggles with immigration. Immigrants today come from far distant countries, other continents, different history and culture. Integration in everyday life is one central issue. Read more
Love – a heavenly emotion, a unique experience, a very special thing.
When you fall in love you think: that’s the one. The only one.
It comes spontaneously, surprisingly, it happened: you don’t know why.
Well, we sociologists know that it is not so spontaneous and falling in love follows general patterns.
Having looked at the difference between married and cohabiting people in Italy in the last post, we are now looking if there is a difference in life satisfaction between married and unmarried people worldwide and if so, how has it developed over the last three decades. Read more
What would be the choice for many young people in many European countries: Marrying or cohabiting? What would make them more satisfied? Read more
Why cohabiting, living together without being married, why not marrying? A young student in my class raised his hand: „I want to be free, not take responsibility“. He hit the point. Read more
“For children, it is better to live in a real family, where mom and dad are around”, a ten-year-old girl from a single parent family said to the interviewer in a study in Austria. And a boy living with his single mother said: “Actually children would need two parents, that´s what my friends say.” A single mother in a more rural area said: “… in the back of your mind, it will always be there, that a father is missing”. Read more