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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Dear Colleagues! The corona pandemic this year has shown us very dramatically how vulnerable we are as a society. The issue of school closings in the spring in particular moved us a lot and made it very clear to us once again how important it is for us to make progress on the subject of “digital education”. As a coalition, we are doing exactly that – by the way, not just since Corona was on the agenda. We have initiated many measures with the DigitalPact School. This year, we have put together and launched further measures in numerous packages. The situation calls for determination, it calls for quick action.

But the situation still requires a fundamental debate about where to go with digital education. If we want to be successful in this area, we have to state that it is not just about technology, it is also about showing the willingness to rethink things. And we saw – again with a view to the subject of speed – that unfortunately in many federal states the restructuring, the switch to online teaching, has made very slow progress.

For us as a Union, it is very clear: we want to and we will continue to promote digital education. This is very important for several reasons. Ultimately, it’s about the personal development of children, of young people. If the world around us is becoming more and more digital, it has to be reflected in the classroom accordingly. We want young people to leave schools as responsible citizens. For this it is very important that digital skills are also taught. It’s about the future chances of every child, but it’s also about the future chances of us as a society.

With the DigitalPact School, we as the federal government have set a strong example – with initially 5 billion euros over a year ago and now again with one and a half billion euros that have been added – a strong, a conscious sign that we are helping here, that we want a real departure and that we also want to help shape it.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

There is much to be said about the many motions we are discussing in today’s debate. With a view to many of the demands of the FDP and the Greens – topics that we have discussed many times in the recent past – it can be said in summary that most of it is actually already being implemented. That’s why I want to focus at this point on the AfD’s applications, which are bursting with contradictions – right down to individual, you really have to say, disturbing statements.

First of all, you write that people in schools should be prepared to find their way around the world of communication and to be able to act later. That is correct so far. But what is all the more surprising is that precisely the part that is decisive for this and that is also an issue today, namely the keyword “digital education”, is demonized and demonized by you.

(Laughter from MPs of the AfD)

They make statements like – you have to let that melt in your mouth; I quote – that a “general digital upgrade” does not make sense,

(Nicole Höchst [AfD]: That’s right!)

and then refer to studies from 2014. So, with all due respect, light years have passed since 2014 in the digital, but also in the political era.

(Karsten Hilse [AfD]: Light years, that’s a distance!)

Basically, I’ll ask you: How do you want to convey self-determination and maturity to young people that you want, if you delete digital skills from the curriculum, if you like topics such as media literacy or fake news – like a weakness topic be for you – end up with, shall I say, teaching chalk and blackboard? So, that’s a mixture of unreality on the one hand and Stone Age thinking on the other; We clearly reject that.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD – acclamation from the delegate Norbert Kleinwächter [AfD])

They don’t want digital lessons but then demand that teachers should actually be much better prepared for this subject. Then write that classroom teaching is always preferable to online teaching and that it cannot be replaced. But I don’t think anyone in the house wants that, nor has anyone asked for it.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Why it works is that we get a meaningful addition, a further development of the lessons and that, of course, even in situations like now, in crises and exceptional situations, we are prepared so that in the worst case the lessons will not be canceled for months.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Such differentiated approaches may be too demanding for you in your black and white thinking. In any case, there is hardly a party that is so diametrically caught up in contradictions on the subject of Corona as the AfD.

(Contradiction at the AfD)

On the one hand, you almost deny Corona or say, as was the case this morning in the debate, that all of this would not be that bad, on the other hand, in your application, you list 11 points for 13 points, as we do in the Schools should deal better with corona hygiene measures in face-to-face classes. Then I ask you: Is this a serious risk, yes or no? You don’t give the answer, and the people outside notice that too. You simply cannot resolve these contradictions. We therefore reject your requests accordingly.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD – Norbert Kleinwächter [AfD]: put on a mask if you think that’s so important!)


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