Wednesday, 18 May 2011
A Teacher In Russia
A post from Edward Spalton.
Stephen Beet, a friend of mine, teaches in Russia. He was teaching here in the private sector but found that political correctness and state influence was creeping in and making things much the same as in the state sector which he had left. The following is a copy of a letter he sent to me which is self-explanatory.
Subject: School 16 English Lessons
Dear Korenevskaya Elena Petrovna,
It was very interesting for me to watch and to take part in your several English lessons with your students both during my last visit to Tomsk in October/November last year and again over the past few weeks when you invited me to the 9th 10th and yesterday to the 7th and 8th classes.
It was a great pleasure to me to witness your pedagogical skills and those of your comrades.
As you know I have taught in the English system for over 25 years and have, in England, -- both in state and public schools - witnessed a very sad decline in the standards of teaching and of learning expectations, not to mention the shocking behavioural problems that are to be found in British schools and society today.
In Britain people think these problems can be solved by providing more money for equipment, but in fact this is not the case. What is needed in Britain is the Russian system of Education and the dedicated teachers.
I am always amazed at how well your students learn and know the English language and have a sound knowledge of so many facts Of course, it is true that the Russian English text books are far better (and contain far more texts, grammar and vocabulary) than those used in Britain. In your school and classes I always note the great interest, friendliness and positive attitude of all the students and the teachers who expect the students to learn and memorise sound knowledge in order to pass strict exams.
It is a pity that British educationalists do not study the methods used in traditional Russian schools, and I very much hope that Russian methods are never changed to try to copy the liberal systems of the west, the aim of which seems to be to destroy learning, art, culture, responsibility and community spirit.
I very much hope that it will be possible to visit your school and your classes again as they are a great inspiration.
With best wishes,