Saturday, September 01, 2007

Back to school.

When I was a kid, growing up in the Soviet Union, September 1st was the first day of the school year. All the kids would put on their uniforms and we'd gather in the school yard for the First Day ceremony. There would be a little speech by the principal followed by the ringing of the school bell. Every school had an electric bell but on the first day a girl who was starting first grade would be lifted in the air by a tenth grade, which was the final grade in the Soviet school system, boy and ring a big bell. As I was remembering these things, I wondered what would have happened today since this year September 1st fell on a Saturday. And then I remembered that we went to school 6 (six) days a week. This in turn made me wonder if we learned more because of the six day school week or because we were taught some subjects, such as English, at an earlier age. One day, I would like to explore this further.