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Experts at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow have recently published the findings of research undertaken at schools in areas where immigrants live. The research measured classroom activity, punctuality and tardiness, Russian language level and other important factors. Their results suggest that everyday stereotypes about “poor” schools overrun with the children of immigrants are often fantasies. It’s not uncommon to overhear  a group of mothers on a park bench say condemn a local school as “Azerbaijani” (or indeed Dagestani, Kyrgyz…). Such words can strike terror into the...

24.08.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

Higher School of Economics experts conducted a study of schools that have percentage of immigrant students. They studied the in-class environment, academic progress, knowledge of Russian language, and other important parameters. It turned out that the common assumption that some schools are at a disadvantage due to large immigrant student populations is often unsubstantiated. – Oh, that school is Azerbaijani (Dagestani, Kyrgyz)... – gossip the local women. For parents looking for the best school for their child, such words often sound like a prison sentence. But the question remains: what are the...

23.07.2015
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Education

The winners of the Living Classic young readers contest performed on Moscow’s Red Square. This year two and a half million children of Russian and abroad took part in this initiative. Marina Smirnova, the philologist who established the contest, spoke to Russkiy Mir about why it has become so popular.  – More than 2.5 million children and adolescents from 85 regions of Russia and more than 50 countries are participating in the Living Classic project. It’s hard to believe. – Yes, 85 regions of Russia are taking part, and there is no region where fewer than 250 schools are participating. There...

25.06.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

The inclusion of composition as a part of the Unified State Exam continues to cause disagreement among teachers. Natalia Solzhenitsyna, the widow of writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn and member of the Expert Council of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, asserts that it is of essential importance that everyone be able to coherently present their thoughts. In a special interview for the Russkiy Mir Portal, Natalia Solzhenitsyna spoke about the return of the composition requirement and how this element will be further developed. – You are a member of the Expert Council of the Ministry of Education and Science, which...

13.05.2015
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

If the parents of a child speak different languages, then it is natural to assume that the child will simultaneously assimilate the two languages. What we see now from a large number of studies is that each of these languages are assimilate in the same sequence as a monolingual child, so there are no fundamental dangers for bilingualism. To the contrary, a substantial amount of research shows that those who speak in two languages from childhood develop special cognitive abilities – they find it easier to navigate in a changing environment, make decisions more quickly and develop a capacity for abstract thinking at...

12.05.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

How should the Russian public education system be modernized? On October 17 Chairman of the State Duma Education Committee, Dean of the School of Public Administration and Chairman of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Management Board Vyacheslav Nikonov spoke at a plenary meeting of the State Duma. He noted that October 15 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov, and on that day in the Penza region, near the Lermontov family estate Tarkhany, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Russian teachers.  “I congratulate all of us. The Organization for Economic...

18.10.2014
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

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