yesterday, I visited school classes having their lab science classes
at the Weizmann Institute. It seems the Israel School system did the
step forward that is still missing in Germany. At least when it comes
to inquiry learning. Inquiry lessons are mandatory for schools,
however teachers can request help to carry out those lesson. Then
Davidson Institute (which is part of Weizmann Institute) comes into
play and trains the teachers and provides facilities, equipments and
staff to run lab lessons. Part of the staff are physics and chemistry
PhD students who participate in the lessons as advisors. The pupils
explained to me that there will be an exam at the end of the year in
which they will need to report on what they have learned during the
lab lessons.