By Hunter Lambert
The beginning of a new school year is usually a huge range of emotions. Stress, excitement, and so many others all mixed together. We all have a pretty good idea of what these first few days are like. However, what do people in other parts of the world experience when school comes back? When does it start and end? What do they do and what is school like there? We are going to take a look into the good, the bad, and everything else that has to do with back to school, in a few different areas of the world.
The first part of our journey around the world takes us to Central America, specifically Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, school starts around February and runs until December. They get a two month break in between december and february. They also get a short break in July. Although they have public school there, students are required to wear uniforms (which is a recurring thing in the world) and bring their own lunch. They graduate at 15 and start college soon after.
The next two countries we will be looking at is North and South Korea. These two nations, although sharing the same cultural origins are now very different. School in the NK starts for Students at the age of 6 and goes for 11 years. Students are given uniforms from the government and often food and board. South Korean students have school from 8 am to 4 pm and teachers often rotate classrooms instead of students. In South Korea classes are sometimes taught on saturdays.
Another country we will be looking at is Russia. In Russia the school year begins and ends at about the same time as ours. Students do not need to wear uniforms there. Interesting fact is that grades 1 through ten are mandatory, while grades 11 and 12 are optional, teaching trade skills and preparing students for higher education.
The final country we are going to look at is Iran. The school year here is very similar to American school years. Boys and girls are usually taught by teachers of the same gender. However Colleges are often coed. Students in Iran are required to take religious studies, unlike their American Counterparts. One interesting thing that school buses in Iran often carry libraries. This is done so that students living in more rural and secluded areas of Iran have the opportunity to get these books that they otherwise would not have access to.
Sadly we were only able to go over a few areas of the world. School differs a little from country to country, and from school house to school house. The amount of ways that school is organized around the world is astounding. Hopefully reading this gave you a glimpse of what school is like in the mentioned countries, making this article certainly opened my eyes to just how different school is from country to country.
Photos By Garret Johns