Thank you for your sympathetic words. You are so kind.
It is so interesting to hear about your plans to move to England, Lewis. I will keep my fingers crossed for you and I hope you can live a happy live there with Tomono.
Today my accounting course is cancelled because our teacher went away so I can deal with writing my blog for a little bit longer.
I would like to tell you some thoughts about education in Slovakia. There are different forms of education. In Slovakia primary schools are for children between six and fifteen. Then children can choose from different kinds of secondary schools such as: secondary grammar schools, secondary technical schools, vocational schools. Pupils can not choose what they want to study at secondary grammar schools – they have a wide range of required subjects. Studying these subjects is supposed to give them a broad knowledge in many areas and prepare them for higher education. To finish secondary grammar school, students have to take final exams from 5 subjects. One of these subjects has to be the pupil’s native language, one of them has to be a science and there has to be a foreign language as well. Then the pupil is free to choose the remaining two subjects – these are usually the subjects she or he wants to study at university. Pupils who choose to go to secondary technical schools have an idea about what they want to do in the future and take extra subjects, such as marketing, cooking, agriculture etc. They spend 5 years in secondary education and not 4 years as students of a secondary grammar school. They take final exams, too. Students at vocational school do not take final exams and they do not go to university. They get training to become hairdressers, electricians, plumbers etc. A few years ago a new type of school was introduced: the eight –year gymnasium that it is a good preparation for studying at universities. As I see, this kind of school is mainly for children who are talented.
This year we decided that Peter will continue his study at secondary technical school instead of secondary grammar school. In the beginning of September we had an appointment with the headmistress of the school and we came to this decision and we arranged his official papers. It was a hard decision and I hope that I did the best for him. We took this decision because Peter has different interests to Csilla and we wanted to let him to study that he is interested in.
On 4th September when the new school year had started I saw some children going to school for the first time. They were six or seven years old. In their hands were flowers that they took to their teachers. These children had liquid eyes and were suspenseful. They were all happy that they can go to school. What happens to these children later? Why do they hate the school at the age of 14-15? Many children do not have real goals. Perhaps, they do not get enough motivation. They do not like going to the theatre or museum. They are not interested in policy, in nature, in people, in travelling. They do not read books and newspapers. They are interested in smoking, drinking, playing computer games, going out with friends all time. Perhaps, parents do not have enough time for their children. Perhaps, teachers deal with a lot of unnecessary things at schools. For example, children have to change shoes for slippers. It seems funny to me. Secondly, teachers set a bad example, because they smoke at school, too. At parents’ meetings I have spoken about alternative education more times. Alternative education in Slovakia means that students at secondary grammar school get a choice of the subjects that they study so they do not have to study all subjects at a high level. From my point of view, children at the age of 14-15 know that they are good at science or at humanities. This year they are taking final exams, I think they should only study the subjects they will take exams from. This would be easier and less stressful for many of them.
Csilla studied in the USA a few years ago and she is studying in England now so we can compare the education systems in these countries and in my opinion the education system in Slovakia needs some big changes. What do you think about the education system in your country? I would like to read your opinion.
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