By: Sarah Leone
Russian children start school at age 6 or 7. Children learn reading, writing, and math. They also study history, geography, science, and languages. Many students choose to learn English. Russian children go to school 6 days each week. They go to school every day but Sunday, starting when they are about 6 years old. The school day ends around 2 o’clock. Teachers give a lot of homework. Teachers in Russia do not give letter grades. They grade tests and homework with numbers 1 through 5. 5 is the highest grade. Russians must attend school for 10 years. Students take a test after each grade. The test after eighth grade decides which kind of high school children will attend.
Depending on their interests and abilities, some kids go to special schools where they can also learn things like music or ballet. Russia has schools for children with special talents. At ballet school, the actions tell a story in this graceful kind of dance. Other schools teach acting, languages, or music.
Russians consider education to be very important, but the country’s economic problems have meant that there sometimes isn't enough money to improve schools, pay the teachers, or buy new textbooks.
A Day in the Life of a Russian Student
The school principal talks to everyone in the school about the way they behave, why its important and how it affects how they learn. The first lesson is Russian. The students practice writing. Then they have porridge and tea for breakfast in the school canteen. They say prayers before they eat. Some schools are part of a monastery. After breakfast, the students have their first break of the day. It is 15 minutes long.