Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
At the same
time, when looking through schedules in Japanese schools, one can come across such
class as nature admiration. At first
glance it associates with an organized walk around a park but, when you get
down to it, it’s not quite so. Its sense is much deeper – to teach pupils appreciate
aesthetic component of environment, the thing 21st century kids
forgot how to notice behind abundance of computers and other machines. Sakura,
anthemised in the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun, often becomes the main
admiration object. For accomplishments in watching flora and fauna, as well as
in math or geography, obligatory grades are given and exams are held.Photo nationalgeographic.com
special attention to society computerization and young generation’s “departure”
to the network. The only thing is they picked a little different way to combat
it. Thus, recently in local schools such subject as “cybersecurity” appeared. During the classes they teach practically
and empirically how to behave oneself in the Internet, how to properly react to
comments in blogs and social networks with particular topics dedicated to video
game addiction.Photo new.siemens.com
Even stranger field of scientific knowledge
is mastered by Bashkir schoolchildren. Pets’ corners can be found in many
educational institutions. Aquariums and cages with hamsters hidden in fig
shadows in the back of a classroom are far from being a unique thing while school
beehives with real bees – that’s really extraordinary. But not in Bashkiria, Russia’s
constituent republic, where within the framework of beekeeping classes pupils themselves take care of honey-bringing
insects. This part of the Federation is believed to be one of the leaders in
honey production and in order not to lose the honorable title, kids are being
taught basics of work in the sphere from an early age.
In order to
preserve the title of the wave masters centre, surfingschool classes were introduced in Australia.
State authorities through the Ministry of Education made sure that there is no chance
that a guest appears on a beach who would surf better than locals…Photo surfholidays.com
the classes in American schools called scientific
discoveries can be ranked among unusual ones. After theoretical course all
the pupils are given the same home task, its idea is to invent something. A
whole year is dedicated to it. Then a presentation of the outcome of the work
in front of the entire class follows with debates concerning success and
topicality of the project and finally yearly grades are given.Photo evensi.us
Temperamental Armenia goes an extra mile in order for
younger generations to remember national traditions. For this purpose special
course in folk dances was introduced in every school. This art in the country
accounts for about fifteen hundred performances with own history and message.
Unlike familiar amateur folk arts study groups to which one enrolls only at
will, here the subject involved is studied mandatory. Without getting a good
mark in this discipline, one risks to be retained in grade.Photo hayernaysor.am
In New Zealand
compulsory educational program includes subjects that are unordinary for the
majority of educational institutions, such as accounting, radioelectronics and design that extend banal school
schedule. Sure enough we study such disciplines as well, only after acquiring
General Certificate of Secondary Education within the framework of chosen
Everyone knows that being in Scotland you should try whiskey, in France you should taste wine, and in Japan t is all about sake. But few people think about national soft drinks. They were created by peoples with far more practical intentions - refreshing and burning, repelling from the climate features, possessing nourishing properties.
In this day and age, it is difficult to surprise anyone, especially an urban resident, with some large department store or market, since nowadays one can buy everything from a humble convenience store next door. However, the iconic bazaars and flea markets are still operating across the globe, they are famous in legends and described with delight.
Armenia actively promotes itself in the international tourism market, which makes it known far beyond the borders of the Caucasus. To slightly orient future tourists in terms of prices, our journalist Korney Gritsiuk, who just returned from the Armenian capital, tells how and what can we spend our conditional and favorite $ 10.
When moving to a new country, more often than not people tend to get settled nearby emigrants like themselves. It is pretty convenient: accommodation isn’t expensive, job can be found right on the location and there is no need to study a new language – everyone around understands you. This is how national ghettos appear.
Second part of the saying “Repair your cart in December, in July your sledge remember” is hardly topical for inhabitants of one of Portugal regions. Why wait for snow if they slide perfectly on asphalt. It is this as well as other kinds of transport – from low-cost public to exclusive and luxury– that we are going to tell you about today.
Elaborating an itinerary for a modern tourist has long ago gone beyond a simple classic conception of a trip abroad. Globetrotters of today are so demanding that travel agencies will soon run out of clients to whom to offer a standard set of historic places and souvenir shops because demand is increasing for emotions instead of traditional sightseeing tours.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Commonwealth of Australia Melissa O’Rourke welcomed the guests of honor on 27 January on the occasion if the National Day . Ambassadors of India, Belgium, Greece, Afghanistan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Slovenia and diplomats from other countries were invited.
Today in our already traditional column we talk about national ghettos – a story about one of the most exotic districts in São Paulo – about Liberdade. It is there where the world’s largest Japanese diaspora lives. Immigration from the Land of the Rising Sun began in 1908 when 165 families arrived on Brazilian land ...
OUTLOOK keeps publishing series of articles about unique streets. Today we are going to tell you about a sharply angled Baldwin Street from the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. It is world-known not for luxury boutiques, upscale restaurants or fabulous real estate prices, in that respect everything looks pretty down to earth and basic. It is a gradient of the street that strikes - a 32% grade at its steepest section.
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Despite the title, in this article we won’t talk about peculiarities of Japanese hieroglyphs and pronunciation. First of all, because there is a whole bunch of specialized literature and secondly, if you don’t study Japanese such knowledge may widen your horizons but will be of no use in practice whatsoever.
As a child I could spend hours gazing at the sky and spying majestic flocks of birds winging their way south. For a kid this movement was a real magic. Today my bookshelf hosts almost no books about magic, though I am still excited about feathered tribes travelling in hope to land on their winter grounds.
For certain reasons there are two capitals in America – official and actual. Context manager from Kyiv Bohdan Yanchev visited them both and told us about spirits of these cities, about their landmarks and about what they represent in reality. If you think that New York is imbued with expensive perfumes and there is nothing else to do in Washington but to lie on a lawn by the White House – you are wrong!
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Ice and snow has long been used by artists to create different figures and objects, and only 1960, this age-old skill became a new trend of a land art! The largest number of winter artworks is created during special festivals about which we will tell our readers.
The Japanese are very creative people, especially when it comes to rice. If they have some extra spare time and large spacious rice paddies, then routine process of growing an agricultural crop turns into art...
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