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I had no idea the first day of school in Russia is such a big celebration, with flowers and festivities. I never noticed before, but I see a lot of photos from my Russian friends on Facebook, with boys and girls dressed up and bright flowers in their arms. It's a beautiful tradition! Personally I always hated school, at every level. This is a strange statement for someone like me who has spent half of my life in some type of educational institution - 2 years of preschool, 12 years to get a high school diploma, 4 years for my university degree in English/Writing and then another 5 years to get my doctorate in law. Total = over 20 years!!

In the U.S., we don't have such a big celebration for the first day of school. I think it's completely different, though each parent still posts photos of their kids with their backpacks and books. My nephew started second grade yesterday, and I watched him get on the school bus. I never once had the urge to have a child, or carry such a huge responsibility for another human. I look at my sister, working full time, constantly running from place to place with my nephew. One day it's karate lessons, the next soccer practice, a friend's birthday party....the list is endless. Sometimes I look at her and feel relieved that I have absoultely no responsibility. Not for a child, or a husband, only myself and family. Free to do as I wish, when I want. It sounds selfish to many, but this is the reality in which I live and I have never wanted it any other way.Read more...Collapse )

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kovaliv
Sep. 1st, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
Be my teacher, Shannon! - I'm a good boy
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 04:34 pm (UTC)
:)) I'm very bad at mathematics and science! So, I can only teach you literature, history, writing skills and grammar. Will this work? :)
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mybathroom
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
I neutral to school but I consider that some courses are useless. I didn't know English after I graduated school, I'm studying by myself now. I could not play any music instruments and I didn't know notes, today I can play guitar and wrote a few songs because I studied by myself. I could not draw when I finished school, now I'm learning how to do that. Maybe something changed, we'll see.

Today my son went to third grade. He said that it was boring because today was an official part. Also we'll have elections on 13th of September and it's a great opportunity to speak with electorate for them.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
Your English is always excellent. I think much better than those who learned English from a Soviet teacher. :) So, I believe you are a disciplined student now, even if you didn't have the same passion in your childhood. Your son is almost the same age as my nephew. :)
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buddhistmind
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
"Schools are prisons". Sex Pistols.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
My school was definitely a prison, at least psychologically. There was no variance in thought or doctrine.
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berngardovka
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
Uhhh I would love to tell all my thoughts about the topic , but it is so long 😁

In st Pete we don't have school buses an uniform is everywhere
In my time 95-2002 we didn't have it 👯👯👯. I totally agree that clothes is a part of individuality
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
But St. Petersburg is such a cultural and artistic center of Russia! I'm surprised kids wear uniforms there. Peter is my favorite Russian city. :)
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inescher
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
I remember how I hate the Fist Day of school. All the official words, flowers (we had adults who discussed about the price of the flowers), "linejka" that took long time (our uniform was heavy and not comfortable)... My daughter who started her 4rth school year yesterday was so happy. She jumped and can't wait to see her friends at school. And the school bus took her without 2 hours of staying and listening of all words again and again... Thanks God, she doesn't have First School Day like I had. :)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't know it was such an official ceremony in Russia. I don't really like formalities either, but I like giving the children flowers. In the U.S., I think school is completely different even from modern day Russian schools.
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a_nimaida
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
Good post)

Uniforms make life easier for parents
bought two suits and wear all year)))

beautiful red-haired girl!
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/peacetraveler22/49370105/867076/867076_900.jpg
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, uniforms are easier for parents but boring for the kids! :) My hair has been blonde, red, brown and now it is a mix of all these colors!
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pro100_petrov
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
I like my school very much. So many years have allready gone, but I still keeping good relations with my school friends.

Edited at 2015-09-01 06:23 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
Most of my close school friends moved to different States. They are scattered all over the U.S., but we still communicate virtually. I was part of the "rebel" group at my school. We always tried to challenge teachers and push the rules to the limit, over basic things. For instance, at my school rock music was evil. So, me and one of my close friends put posters of the band Metallica in our lockers. We were called to the principal's office as a result. :)
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theodorexxx
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
> This is a strange statement for someone like me who has spent half of my life in some type of >educational institution - 2 years of preschool, 12 years to get a high school diploma, 4 years for my >university degree in English/Writing and then another 5 years to get my doctorate in law. Total = over >20 years!!

English is your native language so why did you study it?
Also, you spent 20 years studying and now you have to drive 1.5 hour every morning to get to work. Don't you feel something went wrong? Maybe ..10 years ago you'd better became an artist at Times Square? You have all the "talents" required
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
This is the normal commute time in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC area. We have the worst traffic in all of America. I regret going to law school, but we must accept our choices in life. If I could go back twenty years, I would do some type of work for the State Dept. because it allows you to travel and live all over the world. "English" is a common degree in U.S. universities. It does not refer to the language, but literature and writing as a whole. So, I took a lot of poetry and creative writing courses, etc.
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theodorexxx
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
>Sometimes I look at her and feel relieved that I have absoultely no responsibility. Not for a child, or a >husband, only myself and family
Do you consider a vibrator as your family?

>It's my understanding that school buses are basically nonexistent in Russia
There are no school buses in towns, but there are a few in rural areas

>I even practiced with my sister and cousins, barking commands at them on my chalkboard, trying to teach them spelling and math.
You really should became a teacher

Edited at 2015-09-01 06:44 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
Vibrator? No! This is not family. :) I would not be a good teacher. I can't stand spoiled children or extremely stupid people. As a teacher, you must be able to tolerate both.
theodorexxx
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
p.s: you had a nice smile
p.p.s: be careful, you might be arrested in a russian school. Just imagine - a mid-aged woman comes and starts to speak in English with children. For sure she tells them gay propaganda or something worse
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I still smile a lot and my parents spent a lot of money on dentists. :)
yarowind
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)

I was a good student, I had friends in school, so I have mostly good memories from school.:)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
I imagine you to be very smart!
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theodorexxx
Sep. 1st, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
From Hollywood movies i noticed in elementary school children sleep and play more than study? Is it true? Because in Russian 7-years old children are "chained" to the desk
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
It is not true! It's just Hollywood. :) Movies aren't an accurate depiction of American life. Everything is exaggerated for entertainment purposes.
elena_88888
Sep. 1st, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
I was lucky. My school and schoolmates as well as our class teacher were super. Even when we had a party for 25 year anniversary we gathered 25 of 33...
My daughter wasn't lucky(( She doesn't want even to visit such school parties...
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
It must be interesting to see your former classmates 25 years later! I can only imagine how much they change. :) My class was very small (around 25 people), and we have never had a reunion.
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1kompozitor
Sep. 1st, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
У нас в России школьные автобусы обычно используются для доставки школьников из сёл и деревень где нет своей школы.
http://www.veneraud.ee/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/800px-School_LiAZ.jpg
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Interesting, thanks! I have never seen buses like this in Russia.
alsh4ka
Sep. 1st, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
Да, день сегодня праздничный))) Часть коллег на работе задержалась - водили детей в школу на праздничную линейку...
А еще есть традиция - один из старшеклассников несет на руках девочку-первоклашку, а она звонит в звонок.
alsh4ka
Sep. 1st, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
А в школу можно прийти - нужно только познакомиться и договориться заранее с учителем английского языка. У нас так один раз учительница привела в класс знакомого австралийца...
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