We all went through schools. Someone was trained in an elite institution for the children of wealthy parents, and someone besides the lessons of knowledge received the first lessons of life in this unfavorable place. Nevertheless, almost everyone remembers the school with nostalgia and mild sadness. In the world there are several unusual schools that stand out from among all others. After finishing such a school, you will not forget it.
The institution called Terraset Elementary School PTA is located in Reston, Virginia. Children studying at the Terrace are the real children of the dungeon. The school was built a quarter of a century ago, when America was shaken by the energy crisis. Then everywhere they tried to save, including on school heating. When in the city of Reston they built a new educational institution, Terraset, they decided to just level the hill, erect a building here, and then fill it with earth from the back. According to the plans, such cover is allowed to save heat inside, and thus save on heating. But before the designers there was another unofficial task. After all, the premises needed not only to heat, but still sometimes cool. Which again led to the issue of electricity consumption. This problem was successfully solved with the help of solar collectors. As a result, today the school is one of the most energy-efficient schools in America. People like to visit tourists here. Although the school itself is very unusual in its structure, the teaching here differs little from the traditional one. Terraset is a typical junior school in which the standard subjects are taught. Sometimes the institution holds original events for pupils and their parents – jogging the whole family along city streets or evening bingo.
School without rules.
In Toronto, Canada, there is the Alpha Alternative School. It exists since 1972. It’s unclear how her pupils have not been carried apart in parts, because a real holiday of disobedience is going on here. There are no grades at school, there is no hard schedule, and nothing is asked at home. For small pranks, such as swearing on the board, no one will scold, and make learn too. Students here decide how to form their school day and what lessons to visit. In the class, children are selected not by age, but by interest. In addition to traditional lessons in writing and mathematics, there are classes in cooking, modeling and even the basics of philosophy. Teachers do everything to not prevent children from absorbing knowledge. Of course there are conflicts. To resolve them is called a special commission, which includes both children and adults. Both sides have the right to vote, reporting their views on what happened. Then the committee suggests ways to resolve the conflict. The most important thing in this business is to find a compromise that would suit everyone. There is a good tradition in the Alpha school – meetings are held here, where the students themselves help to form a grid of studied subjects and decide on the management of their institution. The thirty-year experience of the existence of the school shows that the principle is not so bad.
The Russian school Keenalak has no exact address. It is known only that it is located in the Olenek Evenk national district, Yakutia. Earlier, nomadic children in general were deprived of the opportunity to receive a fundamental education. Often parents were forced to give them to boarding schools, where they did not see their families for months. This problem was solved by nomadic schools. There are more and more of them in the country, there are more than 10 such nomadic institutions in Yakutia. “Kenalakan” is one of them. Formally, it is part of the Kharyalakh secondary school of the Olenek Evenk national district. Now the nomads in each new parking lot also have a tent for the school. Let the students here and a few, but then they will not be inferior to their peers, who go to ordinary schools. A special schedule is drawn up for children.Homework and new control can be obtained on the Internet. Reindeer herders have access to the World Wide Web through the national program and satellite equipment. After completing the assignment, the students send it back in the same way, waiting for evaluation.
School of common language search.
In South Korea Busan has an International Foreign School. Children from other countries are trained here. Usually these are immigrants or those whose parents have come here for a long time at work. Learn here and those who fell into the Korean school of exchange. It is here that it is easiest to adapt to a new country. The school has a fairly intensive training regime, which helps to better adapt to the surrounding conditions. And in the future it will be possible to successfully enter one of the local universities. The reason for creating such a school is simple. After all, young foreign children find it very hard to find common language with cohesive classmates in the usual classroom. As a result, ignorance of local habits and traditions becomes a reason for ridicule, which is fraught with a psychological trauma in the student. And in Pusan school for foreigners, many teachers also have a psychological education. As a result, adults help children find a common language. And let many of them have never heard of the country where their comrade was born. Almost all children here study three languages, besides Korean, this is Spanish and English. The program includes thematic classes, where the student acquaints others with the culture of his country. This will help bring people closer and will not let the child forget their roots. I must say that there are multicultural schools in many countries. In Moscow, this is the school number 1650, which specifically recruits children of different nationalities. It will help them to cultivate a respectful attitude from those who are slightly different from them. And such communication is the best way to quickly learn about new countries, cultures and peoples.
School of pleasant communication with the world.
The American Mountain Mahogany Community School is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can get here only as a result of winning the lottery. To do this, you must download the form from the official website of the school, fill it in and send it by fax. Then comes a painful waiting for the results of the drawing. If the child is among the lucky ones, then this school will accept it. The original here is not only the entry, but also the learning process itself. The policy of the institution is based on three principles: safety, pleasure and emotional development. Teachers studied the latest neurological studies, according to which a good learning environment requires a pleasant atmosphere in the school and active involvement of children. This is what laid the foundation for the school curriculum. It teaches ordinary general subjects, but special attention is paid to how growing people should interact with the outside world. Children are taught and practical skills – sewing, caring for the garden, cooking. Their teachers are jokingly called “little gardeners”. And there is a reasonable explanation – hundreds of trees have already been planted on the school grounds, which the children care for. And in return to them – organic fruits, which they themselves grew. School of the cognition of the world by means of music.
The Harlem Choir Academy is located in New York City. Giving there his child, parents not only give him the opportunity to plunge into the world of cultural values and develop a voice, but also to get a basic education. The bias is, of course, humanitarian. Teachers here are called upon to reveal all the talents of the child. In the main training program there are several subjects aimed at demonstrating performance. Dey learn to sing, dance and play musical instruments. To go to school, everyone goes through an interview, where it turns out whether the child has a sense of rhythm, concentration of attention and orientation in time. But the most important is still the child’s love of music.Even if the student’s parents can not afford to buy the necessary musical instrument, the school can provide it for rent. Nothing should interfere with familiarizing with music. But the physical development is given due attention. The academy has its own football and baseball team, and a support group has been created.
School for illegal immigrants and refugees.
In Israeli Tel-Aviv there is the Bialik-Rogozin school. It was she who became the central character of the documentary short film “There are no strangers here.” For her in 2011, Oscar received Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon. A 40-minute tape tells about a unique school visited by children of illegal immigrants and refugees. They come to Israel from all over the world, their origin and religion are also different. One thing in common is the numerous trials that fell to the lot of such children. Someone early lost their parents, and some are pretty much depleted, emotionally and physically. There are also children in school who have never studied anywhere before. It is important that Bialik-Rogozin gives children not only basic knowledge. They are also fed, given, and dressed. Teachers in every possible way strive to surround their wards with care and attention. After all, these children are no longer strangers, they have become Israelis. Consequently, the school has become for them a new and warm home.
School on the water. This establishment is located in the Cambodian village of Kompong Luong, on Lake Tolesap.
Not far from this pond is located the famous temple complex of Angkor Wat. The lake has long been the largest freshwater body of all Indochina. For this he was even called the “inner sea”. And the village Kompong Luong is not on the shore of the lake, but on it itself. It is a floating island in which besides dwellings there are also cafes, shops and even a school. It became for students in a literal sense the second home – in fact the majority of children in it orphans. Children live right at school. Their parents usually died when fishing. This is not surprising for the local places – the water level in the rainy season increases noticeably, the lake becomes very restless. The students are obliged by their provision to tourists. After all, each new group of travelers almost sweeps all the local souvenirs from the shelves. And unhappy children receive in abundance gifts of sweets, toys and school supplies.
School with the principles of Open Space.
In Danish Copenhagen there is a Gymnasium Orestad. At one time it was designed by 3XN. When the building was built, it became a real monument of modern architecture – both inside and outside. That is why in 2007 the school was named the best building in the whole of Scandinavia. It should be noted that the nationwide educational reform started in Denmark, and the Orestad Gymnasium became the first one opened within the framework of this program. Here high school students study here, who in the future will work in the media. The word “communication” is very popular in school. The separation of classrooms in the usual sense simply does not exist. Everyone is engaged in one huge hall. The modern building is equipped with modern technologies – wireless Internet is everywhere in the school. Therefore, high school students have the opportunity to communicate not only in the real world, but also in the virtual world. During the change, children can lie on bright pillows, examining the lighted poles with small lamps. This creates a starry sky effect. All four floors of the school are connected by a beautiful spiral staircase. It is in the opinion of the students that it is the real heart of their school.
School with adventures.
In Colorado, there is the Watershed school, which is famous for its non-standard program. The US government was concerned that there was a real decline in farming culture in the country. This idea does not give rest to school teachers. That’s why the Farmers Table appeared at the Watershed school. In it, students must visit one of six local farms and learn how to work there.As a result, all training turns into a colorful journey of several years. Naturally, children study traditional subjects, mathematics and English. But this is just a prelude to the main thing – study trips. It is they who are considered at school the most useful method of teaching. As a result, architecture is not studied in the classroom on old books, but directly on the streets of the city. Biology and geography have been replaced by hikes into the forest and downhill along the river in kayaks. Together with teachers, students write their own songs, create musical groups, come up with scripts for computer games and even collect robots. At school, much attention is paid to sports, not only traditional. Someone is engaged in ordinary football, and someone – yoga, riding a mountain bike or mastering frisbee.