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Back to the USSR

In Soviet schools, there was only one textbook per subject, which would be in use for decades. Studying from only one textbook per subject was practiced for such a long time that most people who went through it could scarcely imagine doing anything else. Moreover, these people often don’t know that this practice occurred only in the Soviet Union and a few other totalitarian states, while in most countries, schools had more than one textbook per subject, chosen by a school or a teacher....

Why English language should not be taught in first form

Recently, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili declared that English should be taught to students from the 1st form in schools. He reasoned that the importance of the English language in global communications and commerce makes learning it crucial for Georgia’s students. On this latter point, we cannot disagree. At present, the English language is not a mandatory subject in Georgian schools. Instead, students are obligated to learn three foreign languages during their 12 years in school....

Does Not Compute

 It’s worth noting that the idea itself is good and progressive, but certain issues need to be considered over the question of implementation. First of all, the 8 million GEL price tag is much too high a number. At this cost, Georgia’s 40,000 first graders’ books should cost about 200 GEL each, which is five times higher than the actual price of approximately 40 GEL each.   Also, the president’s statement has caused a serious panic among teachers. Without special training, which is unlikely...

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