School and the economy

A class at a high school, probably the "Neues Gymnasium," Nuremberg, 1914. Photo Credit: Nuremberg Scholastic History Collection

Education and knowledge – an engine for the labor pool

Today, formal education is considered an important factor in economic development – it is almost treated as a resource. For the city of Nuremberg, this is a historical fact. Between the High Middle Ages and early Modern Era, Nuremberg was a leading center in Germany of not only art and commerce but also education. The concentration and quality of schools was a key component in the unique development of the city. This legacy stretched into the 19th century. It was no coincidence that the first German railroad project in 1835 was initiated in Nuremberg. A school in Nuremberg also played a key role in the project.

The museum uses various examples to highlight the importance of education in the economic development of a region. This includes the role one teacher played in the meteoric rise of a 19th-century Nuremberg entrepreneur and the success of Nuremberg students in the 2006 Robotics World Championships in the United States. The presentation also addresses the latest research findings and the PISA education debate.