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The ABC's of Russian Education

20. November 2009 by Marie 0 Comments

Russia's education system is notorously rigorous. Being a student is a full-time job, and most of the students on HotRussianBrides.com don't exactly live a carefree life!

Russia and its neighbors have one of the most demanding education systems in the world. Russia has a 98 percent literacy rate. Half of its people have a higher education degree.

Russian education

The structure of education is becoming more like the Western systems, with a four-year Bachelor's degree and a two-year Master's degree. Universities are highly competitive with many required courses, field work and research papers.

Students can then continue towards a doctoral degree. There are two levels: Kandidat Nauk degree (equivalent to a Ph.D.) and Doktor Nauk degree (the highest level, equivalent to Professor). 

Student attitudes

Russia's students are educated in a different way from the west, particularly North America. It is purely academic and very challenging. There is no self esteem-building woven into the Russian curriculum. There is no curve grading. Students learn by rote with little questioning allowed. Higher-order thinking is unheard of. A Russian teacher would never ask students, "How does this assignment relate to your own life?" or "How did you arrive at that answer?" Two plus two equals four, and that's just the way it is!

Still, Russian schools do turn out highly literate and knowledgeable citizens -- which is why you'll find an abundance of both beauty and brains on HotRussianBrides.com!