Avoiding taxes at any cost seems to be a sport for high earners. The super rich and the world?s criminals make substantial use of tax havens and reap enormous financial rewards. But, they also cheat their business partners. We take a close look at what?s behind the shiny shop front and expose the crooks and their cooked books.
Deutschland bald auf Ramschniveau? Für manch andere Talkshow mag das gelten. Doch Maybrit Illner schaffte es auch bei der eher trockenen Frage nach der Stabilisierung des Euro wieder einmal zu glänzen - und sich das in 500 Sendungen erworbene Toprating zu bewahren.
Aufgrund meiner eigenen Job-Situation, dass ich noch nicht weiss, was und wo ich im nÃ¤chsten Schuljahr unterrichten bzw. machen werde poste ich den folgenden Artikel. Besser kann man die Situation nicht beschreiben. WHEN we donât get the results we want in our military endeavors, we donât blame the soldiers. We donât say, âItâs these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! Thatâs why we havenât done better in Afghanistan!â No, if the results arenât there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition. And yet in education we do just that. When we donât like the way our students score on international standardized tests, we blame the teachers. When we donât like the way particular schools perform, we blame the teachers and restrict their resources. Compare this with our approach to our military: when results on the ground are not what we hoped, we think of ways to better support soldiers. We try to give them better tools, better weapons, better protection, better training. And when recruiting is down, we offer incentives. We have a rare chance now, with many teachers near retirement, to prove weâre serious about education. The first step is to make the teaching profession more attractive to college graduates. This will take some doing. At the moment, the average teacherâs pay is on par with that of a toll taker or bartender. Teachers make 14 percent less than professionals in other occupations that require similar levels of education. In real terms, teachersâ salaries have declined for 30 years. The average starting salary is $39,000; the average ending salary â after 25 years in the profession â is $67,000. This prices teachers out of home ownership in 32 metropolitan areas, and makes raising a family on one salary near impossible. So how do teachers cope? Sixty-two percent work outside the classroom to make ends meet. For Erik Benner, an award-winning history teacher in Keller, Tex., money has been a constant struggle. He has two children, and for 15 years has been unable to support them on his salary. Every weekday, he goes directly from Trinity Springs Middle School to drive a forklift at Floor and DÃ©cor. He works until 11 every night, then gets up and starts all over again. Does this look like âA Plan,â either on the state or federal level? Weâve been working with public school teachers for 10 years; every spring, we see many of the best teachers leave the profession. Theyâre mowed down by the long hours, low pay, the lack of support and respect. Imagine a novice teacher, thrown into an urban school, told to teach five classes a day, with up to 40 students each. At the yearâs end, if test scores havenât risen enough, he or she is called a bad teacher. For college graduates who have other options, this kind of pressure, for such low pay, doesnât make much sense. So every year 20 percent of teachers in urban districts quit. Nationwide, 46 percent of teachers quit before their fifth year. The turnover costs the United States $7.34 billion yearly. The effect within schools â especially those in urban communities where turnover is highest â is devastating. But we can reverse course. In the next 10 years, over half of the nationâs nearly 3.2 million public school teachers will become eligible for retirement. Who will replace them? How do we attract and keep the best minds in the profession? People talk about accountability, measurements, tenure, test scores and pay for performance. These questions are worthy of debate, but are secondary to recruiting and training teachers and treating them fairly. There is no silver bullet that will fix every last school in America, but until we solve the problem of teacher turnover, we donât have a chance. Can we do better? Can we generate âA Planâ? Of course. The consulting firm McKinsey recently examined how we might attract and retain a talented teaching force. The study compared the treatment of teachers here and in the three countries that perform best on standardized tests: Finland, Singapore and South Korea. Turns out these countries have an entirely different approach to the profession. First, the governments in these countries recruit top graduates to the profession. (We donât.) In Finland and Singapore they pay for training. (We donât.) In terms of purchasing power, South Korea pays teachers on average 250 percent of what we do. And most of all, they trust their teachers. They are rightly seen as the solution, not the problem, and when improvement is needed, the school receives support and development, not punishment. Accordingly, turnover in these countries is startlingly low: In South Korea, itâs 1 percent per year. In Finland, itâs 2 percent. In Singapore, 3 percent. McKinsey polled 900 top-tier American college students and found that 68 percent would consider teaching if salaries started at $65,000 and rose to a minimum of $150,000. Could we do this? If weâre committed to âwinning the future,â we should. If any administration is capable of tackling this, itâs the current one. President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan understand the centrality of teachers and have said that improving our education system begins and ends with great teachers. But world-class education costs money. For those who say, âHow do we pay for this?â â well, how are we paying for three concurrent wars? How did we pay for the interstate highway system? Or the bailout of the savings and loans in 1989 and that of the investment banks in 2008? How did we pay for the equally ambitious project of sending Americans to the moon? We had the vision and we had the will and we found a way. Dave Eggers and NÃnive Clements Calegari are founders of the 826 National tutoring centers and producers of the documentary âAmerican Teacher.â By DAVE EGGERS and NÃNIVE CLEMENTS CALEGARI Published: April 30, 2011 New York Times
Nicht nur in Deutschland, auch in Österreich kommen immer mehr Missbrauchsfälle ans Tageslicht. Sogar in den Reihen der weltberühmten Wiener Sängerknaben soll es sexuelle und körperliche Übergriffe gegeben haben.
Er ist Angela Merkels bester Mann in der Krise. Und er redet gern Klartext. Ein stern-Gespräch mit Finanzminister Peer Steinbrück über die Gier der Eliten, Ketten für die Banker und seine Angst vor Fehlentscheidungen.
Als Regierungschef in Wiesbaden hat Roland Koch keine Zukunft mehr. Also kalkuliert die Kanzlerin eine Rochade: Er geht als EU-Kommissar nach Brüssel, Franz Josef Jung ersetzt ihn.
Direkt nach seiner Vereidigung als 44. Präsident der USA hat Barack Obama sich mit einer dramatischen Rede ans Volk gewandt. stern.de dokumentiert die Ansprache im Original.
Was für ein Drama! Zwei große Investmentbanken sind innerhalb weniger Stunden verschwunden. Die Banker von Lehman Brothers in New York, London und Frankfurt erleben den schlimmsten Tag ihrer Karriere. Szenen eines Untergangs.
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