Children in Germany are raised to be independent and are encouraged to criticize, say “no,” and have open discussions with peers and adults. Being opinionated is considered a positive characteristic in Germany, especially given the country’s history. During World War II, Germans were not allowed to question the Nazi regime, so Germans are now taught to question and discuss issues. Your student is not trying to be stubborn or rude when they disagree with you, but is just trying to think critically and think for themselves.
Being straightforward is important to Germans as well. It is important to discuss problems with your student and let them be a part of a solution. Likewise, if your student expresses a problem, appreciate their honesty and work together to solve it.
Germany’s largest state, Bavaria, has a strong identity separate from the rest of the country. The 12.5 million people who live in Bavaria generally consider themselves Bavarians first, Germans second.
Bavarians are proud of their customs and continue to follow many traditions, including the ongoing practice of folk dance and folk music. The State is known for its juxtaposition of traditional and modern architecture and its emphasis on upholding traditional festivals.
Fun Fact: Germany has more than 300 kinds of bread.