What are your nation's schools like?
And I mean primary/secondary education (a la grade school, high schools etc.), not universities and colleges.
Syskeyia's educational system is, by and large, run by the Catholic Church. Most schools are associated either with a local parish and/or a religious order.
The schools system uses the American systems of class "grades" and grading (1-12 grades, high school (freshman,sophomore,junior, senior), students' grades range from F- to A+, etc.) However, the curriculum is based on the English public school system (http://www.victorianweb.org/history/pubschl.html) with an emphasis on the Catholic religion and the classical cultural heritage (a teeny bit "Asianified," of course, given that Syskeyia is in Southeast Asia*). Unlike the English "public schools" however, science is not neglected, (though its emphasis varies from school to school) and most schools are not boarding schools (though boarding schools do exist in Syskeyia), and girls recieve an education equal to that of the boys. Some schools in Syskeyia are single-sex, others enroll both genders; it is really up to the school to decide.
While Syskeyian schools are usually run by the Church, the government also helps pay for them, and thus Catholic schools are as free as pubnlic schools are in America.
While the vast majority of schools in Syskeyia are Catholic, the are non-Catholic schools in places where non-Catholics make up a sizable minority. In New Nicaea, there are some excellent Orthodox Jewish schools (which have the same basic curriculum except replacing the Catholicism with Judaism) and several international schools in Syskeyiapolis for the expatriate and diplomatic population.
It is mandantory for Syskeyian schoolchildren to wear school uniforms.
The Republic of Syskeyia
*For example, David Mai shi-rong's Bellum contra Rex is required reading for Syskeyian high-schoolers. If you want to know who David Mai shi-rong is, check my World Factbook entry. :)
Five Civilized Nations
Don't even ask... My nation's education system is a mess, except for those specializing for military (funded by the army, navy, and planetary defense forces), business, economics, humanities, social studies and statistics (funded by my corporations and partly by the government).
The only good part is that all education is free. You just have to be smart to get into the special ones :p :D
We have very good schools because the highest % of our buget goes to education.
Well... first, the public education is just about nonexistant. Not even worth mentioning, and too shabby to imagine. Seriously.
But the megacorps take care of their employees, as does the military. In both cases of course, its not free. And, sadly, while SB's private education systems produced an intelligent populace back in the day, they clearly no longer do so. We're getting stupider and stupider. Still above average, but it's worrisome.
The irony is, in the past I've concentrated on mostly stupid characters, and now I'm focusing on more intelligent ones.
Phalanix's education system is split into three sections. There is the Elite School Group, the Public School Group, and the Private School Group. The diffrences are that the Elite group has the much more advanced courses since the Elite born children are refered to as the pride of Phalanix. The public school system is just the stuff that the population needs to learn to live and work. The private mixes some religion in the studys.
Each of our diodnas (Roughly, the Aksan (Lord) and the Aksi (His lands)) develops its own school system.
The curriculum usually consists of mathematics, literature, scientific studies, history, government, culture courses, and war studies.
In the new nation of Incelvia, our school system focuses our young people
on academic and athletic excellence to the exclusion of all else. Schools are strictly segregated by gender. We believe that we have solved the problem of promoting sexual abstinence among young people. We do it indirectly, by
deliberately creating an environment where the social skills associated with dating and courtship are never learned or squelched. We believe that sexual defeat will drive our young people -- young men in particular -- to economic energies and economic-military victory. We hope that they will economically and militarily conquer other nations and take their women to assuage their frustrations. :fluffle: :sniper:
We have very good schools because the highest % of our buget goes to education.
I'm sure this was just a typo ... but its appearance in this particular thread, and especially in this post, amused me.
Kennor's education system is strictly private institutions with some subsidies for lower income children. The focus of our education is science, math, and social sciences, with little emphasis on such inefficient areas as art and literature.
All education in Hattia is completely free to citizens. Beyond basic classes in each subject, (Hattian Language, 2 Foreign languages, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) each student is free to persue their interests, such as Art, literature, history, etc. Coming to school isn't required (But about 98% of the child population chooses to come.)
The Hattian education system is of quite high quality, seeing as 14 trillion USD is given to it each year.
Marvelous Land of Oz
Education in the Land of Oz is much like the US school systems, except completely free of charge. School hours are much less in Oz, students only go from 10am-2:30pm, because we believe they should spend more time having fun & being at home w/ family & friends. Thanks to Prof. H.M Wogglebug students can take learning pill which will teach them all they need to know in the selected subject.
The only big schools in Dronios are the Military school where any person can apply when six or older( Applying voluntarely rarely happens since 40% of the six year olds are being brainwashed by the Dronios government to join the military.).
Public Schools are banned.
Home schooling is compulsory.
tag, I had something written, but the forum ate it
Magnus Valerius's school system is unparalleled in its region. The schools are never divided into discriminatory categories on the basis of either culture or wealth. Each school is also maintained to its top condition, there is not a shortage of teachers thanks to excellent wages, and classrooms are never overcrowded. It's due to the amount of the budget that goes into education, which is really high.
Education is a top priority in New Genoa and all state schools are free of cost. Alot of potheads though. :mad:
The Atheists Reality
education is tailored to each childs needs, but it is their choice whether to apply for education or not. the ones that refuse education become one of the unskilled factory workers. c.c
Mikatopia's schools are pure military and give no room for failures. Children are reguraly beaten for the most minor of offences, and as the common belief in this country is that Mikatopians are a master race, they are pushed beyond thier limits work wise. They are taught humility, respect of authority, and hardwork. As the government pretty much assigns you a job, failures are given the most unpleasant occupations, so it is neccessary to succeed in Mikatopia.
Education in Kanabia is free and universal, except in the case of exchange students, who have their costs calculated according to their financial means. Class sizes average at 15 students, as teaching is a very well respected profession and quite common. (Most teachers double as another profession, IE. a doctor may work at a hospital for 3 days, and teach for another 2. There are full time teachers, but they are exclusively for years 1-4 in primary school.)There is an emphasis on teaching each student what they want to learn and are strong at, rather than outright failing students who cannot handle maths but excel at language, for example.
With the educational budget being second only to the military budget by a mere 2%, the Technate takes education very seriously. All children from age 10-20 are given free public schooling, and can then choose to proceed to free college education. Because of the structured, evenly distributed state of Palladian society, class sizes are usually reasonably small. Schools are well-maintained, modern buildings with easily accessible outdoor areas, large windows, effective environmental control and comfortable furniture. All classes are outfitted with the most advanced technology availible, including humanoid robots that can teach smaller groups of students. Classes are brief and homework-free, allowing students to lead their own lives instead of serving the educational system. Core classes include Geography/Astronomy, History, Palladian Language, Literature, Technology, Science and Mathematics. There are no arcane course requirements, you take what you want of anything, though you must complete a certain amount of certain classes to take college courses. For example, Quantum Physics would require one to take several years of Math, Science and Technology, but the amount of Literature and History you have doesn't matter in the least. Primary School is a 10-year ordeal beginning at age 10. People in primary school and college are exempt from working and still recieve the Technate's standard income like everyone else.
There is no difference between grade school, high school and university, except for more specialization and harder work.
Grade schools assess your natural skills and attributes and focus on those things primarily. They do not train you, but merely educate you on the basics of those fields.
High school disects your skills and sees shich are your strongest and then train you in that field. At that point, you should be able to go into the workforce and be successful.
Universities hold both the usual university courses and Trade Schools, in which you become an expert on your field of work and are highly employable and will most likely find work no matter what happens economically.
Grade schools are paid for by the government, high schools 90% by the government and 10% by the student's family and University or Trade School completely by the student, with exceptions to government and private scholarships.
It is not possible to fail out of Grade School. You are re-assessed and placed in another, more suitable course. If you fail out of High School, you are dooming yourself to a minimum wage job and a very poor standard of living. To fail out of Trade School leaves you still a High School graduate and still employable, but your ego has a few dents in it...
Zexarn's schools are funded mostly by the government, but 70% of the school-age population are home-schooled. registered home-schoolers (have filled out a form each year stating that they plan to home-school for the next year, get vouchers that are redeemable for school supplies and textbooks. accepting said vouchers, however, means at the end of year, there is a test to show a growth in intelligence from the last year.
Most schools are private. The government of very concerned about education, 20% of the taxes go to education. Every school has a security system provided by the Parent's Security Assoc. to keep out the " :sniper: " and the " :mp5: " people out of our school system! 96.7% of every students pass...
The Prime Ministre
Education in Belem is primarily outsourced to dedicated Educational corporations with approx. 10-12 thousand dollars each year given per student. Private and Catholic schools exist for any parents who want to pay to have there children sent to a higher grade school which is very common for the rich. Though government scholarships do exist.(see below)
All schools provide basic education in a competitive environment where the students are told only the strong survive. Classes operate on a very structured level but allows room for flexibility(ooc: curricullum is based on U.S. school system but is designed to be more competitive and have the students come out in the end which more knowledge.) At the end of the year "public" schools usually have competitions between each other and the better schools corporation will of course get more favorable contracts the following year forcing each school to push there students. Similar systems exist in the Catholic and Private schools but the competitions are more for sport and prestige.
All students are required to learn Belem history, the tenets and rights of Belem and sections of the destiny of the Belem people(a massive collection of over 900 steps and events that will lead to Belems conquest of the world.) Competitions also exist in which students compete against either by citing all the parts of the Destiny by memory. Religious teaching is also a requirement for all students. Teachers are required by law to report any anti Belem statements they overhear and appropiate action is to be taken based on the level of the offense. Students are encouraged to rat out anyone who has made anti belem statements or commited anti belem actions.
Social conditioning is instilled in children from the first day they enter pre K or K. They are taught slogans and told of how without Belem there would be chaos. They are told the government is the highest authority that exists and that the Inquisition and the Emperor are always correct and to say or think otherwise is heresy and treason.
OOC: social conditioning is based on a ten point scale with the ideal level for conditioning would be level 7 or higher but level 3 to 5 are the most common and acceptable levels for conditioning by the Inquisition. see below for conditioning levels.
IC: Private and Catholic schools also have conditioning but its not as extreme since mainly upper class children go to those schools and conditioning is considered to be not as needed as they already have a good position in life and have no reason to hold anti government sentiments of course if its obvious they are rebelious and anti belem certain measures will be taken.
Scholarships to Private Schools: if a student is seen to be a future asset to the government in the field as a scientist or some other professional position. The student will be given a full scholarships to private schools of his choice until college this is given in exchange for service to the government upon graduation.
OOC: conditioning levels
Stage 1- Mild Fanaticism the student is taught slogans and justificatition for actions commited by the authorities
Stage 2- Submission the subject willingly submits to the government if neccessary and called upon to do an action(within reason)
Stage 3- Suspicion the subject is told to suspect others of being anti Belem and to always be on the lookout for anti belem activity
Stage 4- Ostracism Authority figures can ostracize a member of society by making claims against him in a public forum. Citizens at this level of conditioning will avoid the ostracized one and will not do business with him.
Stage 5- Pacifism either through loyalty, respect or fear or a combination of the three the subject will not fight against authority figures
Stage 6- Conspiracy the government can create the illusion of a conspiracy to circle about a person to further ostracism him from the community if neccesary which will be spread by the common person through less then normal sources(whereas Ostricism was a public matter "dont associate with joe cause hes a heretic" in a social forum or meeting Conspiracy is "dont associate with joe cause hes involved with this and this" done secretely to spread about.
Stage 7- Alliance Subjects can be conditioned that the government can do no wrong and is the greatest ally the people have. This also works in the opposite that another group can be the worse enemy since the devil.
Stage 8- Rejection(a technique not a true level) The subject will be removed from society for a time and put back in but being told and convinced that say there parents or spouse is dead and accepting that as the truth through conditioning.
Stage 9- Devotion The subject will betray his loved ones if necessary
Stage 10- Reverence The subject follows the government with religious devotation. No order will be questioned or go undone. Loyalty is absolute and unwavering.
Moontian's education sytem is based on the ideals of collectivism and efficiency; with all students on each colony/homeworld living at just one school. This also encourages the students to seek out the people most like themselves, without having any problems of the lack of shared interests. Here is an excerpt from my website:
Massive combined schools for all children aged 4-18 on each planet/moon. Students can leave at age 15, 16, 17 and go to a vocational college.
R - English, German, mathematics 4-5
1 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama 5-6
2 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama 6-7
3 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama 7-8
4 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama 8-9
5 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama, science, history, geography 9-10
6 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama, science, history, geography 10-11
7 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama, science, history, geography 11-12
8 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama, science, history, geography 12-13
9 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama, science, history, geography, sex ed 13-14
10 - English, German, mathematics, art, music, sport, drama, science, history, geography, sex ed 14-15
11 - Any ten subjects, with English, German, mathematics, at least 1 science, history, geography, sex ed compulsory 15-16
12 - Any six subjects, with at least 1 science compulsory 16-17
Uni-prep - A range of subjects, based on uni/V.C intentions. 17-18
Available optional subjects: art, music, sport, drama, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, history, geography, German, other desired languages.
School: 8 weeks holiday for all, only R-2 get weekends off with parents. All others live at school. 15 students per class except sex ed and sport. sex ed has 50 students, 25 girls, 25 boys; and sport has 24 students per class. 2 contact hours per day per subject for R, 1 contact hour per day per subject for 1-UP.
Uni: courses for medicine, arts, sciences, economics, politics, teaching, languages, other humanities, mathematics.
Vocational college for all menial work, such as plumbing, carpentry, agriculture.
Military training for all at vocational colleges.
V.C: 5 years, along with 2 years military training. Age on leaving: 20-23
Uni: 3 years for degree, another year for honours, another 3 years for mastery. Age on leaving: 21-22-25
Akrelia's education system is based on discipline, order, and indoctrination to the leader of our nation, Emperor Kronth the 1st.
It is mandatory for all children to watch the great patriots channel on the TV at the age of 3. All children begin attending the national kindergartens to learn to live in groups, and serve the community. They all learn that the state is greater than individual, and all forms of individualisms are routed out.
The Primary schools teach science, math, physicial education, Akrelian, and history of the world according to the Emperor.
The Secondary schools continue to teach the same materials as the primary school, although in advanced form.
The post-secondary educations are available to the top 10% of the Akrelian students who excel in their studies and show dedication to the Emperor and the Empire itself.
PArthia's schools are all private. the only free ones are the Zoroastrian Schools run by the State Church
Menelmacari education is entirely privatized, from elementary school up through university. There are certain standards that must be met and beyond that schools can expand their programs as they please, and so they often vary widely.
However, Menelmacar has a policy that education should be available to all, and so all levels of education are paid for by the government, up to a certain level per year per student. This amount scales upwards annually along with the inflation rate. Schools compete for students, since parents and students can select whichever school they like, and the tuition grants paid to schools are their primary means of income. Of course, this means that all schools aspire to the highest levels of quality, and the general range of quality is from very good to superb (though of course a few exist that are far below or far above the average).
The Water Cooler
The ‘Coolian system is a mixture of stern and rigorous academic work strictly controlled and administered by highly paid ‘educational consultants’, hours of Callisthenics, and hours of traditional ‘practises’.
The education is modelled highly on Traditional Private School Systems; however a traditional emphasis still is prevalent. As such the students spend at least an hour a day either writing poetry, waxing lyrical, practising Water Coolian Script. The average school day is 11 hours, and students are excepted to be fully vigilant at all times.
A strong influence is based on over achieving, and overachievers are heavily rewarded. People who fail to be the standards are dealt with sternly. Students are expected to do many things and to do them well, however recently emphasis is based on students being multilingual.
After the 7 Year Primary education, and the 9 Year Secondary education, students are encourage to go to University, which they do so under the generosity of government grants. However before this stage people at the age of 20 are expected to serve a year and half under government service (i.e the army). After this they are free to go on to Uni, or assume another job.
The Foolish Pesants educational system consists of what is basically, boarding schools, funded by the Government. This is avaliable to all Citizens, though non-Citizens would have to attend private schooling.
The children begin at the age of 8 and continiue mandatory education until 18, though they can continiue on until age 24, if the Government sees fit. Teaching itself is a very alien concept as subjects are programmed using advanced hypnotic suggestion techniques. This allows for the coverage of many more subjects that would otherwise be impossible to learn in the time given. There are no grading systems as each student is expected to acheive the same exacting standards. This is also mixed with psycho-indoctrination to insure compliance with the state, as well as assist in the sculpting of a healthy mental landscape.
Non-Government education can vary wildly from place to place as the only requirement is that they follow a standard curriculum within their teachings.
ours are based on a description given by r.a.lafferty in a
story that appeared in the anthology strainge doings called
parent teacher apparatus, at least more or less generaly.
kindergarten begins at age three and lower school runs for
nine years to age 12. fallowed by a universaly aggreed upon
much needed intereduacational sabatical called pujzhush
which lasts for another two years in wich the student is
encouraged to wonder freely and experience life first hand
before committing themselves to their own freely choosen
at age four aptitude tests are given and from age five on
education is parrallel multitracked depending on aptitude
resaults. of coure certain basics are common to all tracks
but how these are presented is oriented to which track the
young student is on.
after age six the student may request to retake the
apptitude tests and have their primary educational track
adjusted accordingly, at any time but not more then once
every two years.
subjects considered fundimental include of course reading,
writting, mathimatics (begining and advanced), electronics,
programing (cpu and internet), chemestry, biology, physics
(tangable and transdimentional). other basic classes have
been mentioned but they slip our mind at the moment.
New New Makarska
Education is good because most of government fundings go there.
Education is always free for all, even colleges (but it is not completely free, because it is paid from tax ;)
There are 4 years of elementary school, with basic subjects, and next 4 years you choose your own subjects (there are few compulsory, but you choose how much and which subjects do you want)
After that, you go to hi-school, and colleges etc.
Classes have about 20 students each, and teachers are young, and they get fired if they do crap. Howewer, good proffesors can have good wages, based on students oppinion.
Books are not used, laptops and moder equipment are used instead.
The Padmasan education system has fallen into dis-repair as of late, yet still provides an decent education that prepares children for whatever they will do when they leave school and enter the workforce.
The Military Schools: As service is mandatory and all males are in the military from ages six to twenty-one in one (some exceptions as noted below) it is simpler to let the military teach them. Courses are mostly devoted to linguistics, geography, computer use, math, anatomy, history, algebra, the sciences, and a chosen vocation, however there are other classes available to those who wish them or those who plan on going career.
Government schools: As females do not have the option of the military public schools do exist. These teach the same subjects as military schools, although they do feature more emphisis on the chosen vocation of the student, and the anatomy course is has less of an orientation on where to place bullets or knife strikes.
Private schooling: Some do not wish to join the military... or at least the official military. Military Orders offer to teach children the soldier's profession with a mercenary bent. These classes are actually much more advanced then the governemnt sponsored classes, and much more demanding. The one exception to this is the Iron Priesthood which not only excpets women into it's ranks (not its militant arms of course but...) and is solely focused on computers, robotics, sciences, and machines.
Magicks: All children are scanned for the magickal gift and those that are gifted are taught in the ivory tower of the Magician's Academy. (Literally in an ivory tower. ;P ) This schooling lasts a lifetime and focuses only on Magick, optional courses in other things are available but unless you are an A student frowned upon.
Other options: Apprenticeship is still popular as skilled labor and hand made crafts are in high favor right now. Also training and education in the priesthood are available.
The schools of Sigma Octavus are among the best in the world. (I have freakishly smart people.) All schools are free, public schools run by the government. There are military academies for younger children that either come from a military family or have parents who want them in the military.
From kindergarten on, the children are taught important things such as foreign languages, mathematics, english and many other things. Fingerpaint is never touched.
Funding: Spyr's educational system is, at the primary and secondary levels, a single-tier
public system fully funded by the government (and occasionally by school-level fundraising when minor unbudgeted expenditures arise).
Divisions: Spyran schools are co-ed, without regard to race, gender, social or financial status, etc.
Grading: The school system is marked using percentiles (i.e. each student recieves marks of 0-100%), with 50% marking the 'pass' point. Each student is assigned into a 'year', ranging from year 1 to year 12, depending on their progress and age. These are divided into Elementary (1-4), Middle (5-8), and High (9-12) schools. Schools also exist to provide two years of 'preschool' (K1 and K2), which is unevaluated learning of basic language and social skills.
Curriculum: The curriculum in Spyran schools covers a broad spectrum. Sciences and mathematics are taught, along with history (both Spyran and international) and Strainism (Spyr's revolutionary ideology).Health and Physical Education courses are also included, including sexual education, and English language is also a compulsory course.
In years 9-12, the number of courses are broadened and divided into specialized areas (Biology, Physics, Poetry, Calculus, Revolutionary History, etc), as well as the addition of third-language courses (which are predominantly Asian languages. Chinese and Japanese are highly popular, as they are geographically close and share a written character set with the Spyran language) and technical skills courses (woodworking, vehicle repair, plumbing, etc).
Examinations: Each year, a comprehensive national test is taken by students, from which statistics may be tabulated for national averages. At the end of year 12, a more substantial test is issued, including all subjects and both exam-room and take-home components. This test helps determine the list of post-secondary institutions for which a student is eligible.
Time: Spyran schools operate from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Dress Code: Spyran students wear a standardized national school uniform, with small badges on shoulders to mark individual school and year. Religious
accessories and other small items (necklaces, rings, etc) are commonplace.
Physical Education: Phys. Ed is taught in a variety of ways, through many sports. Team sports include baseball, basketball, soccer, and rifle drill. Individual sports include swordfighting, archery, and running.
Extracurricular Activities: Each course in the curriculum has a club or association for those who enjoy it. 'Sports' clubs compete with themselves and other schools unofficially, as there are no organized leagues for school sports. National competitions, open to anyone, are sometimes attended by club members. These clubs' expenses are paid by members, not school budget.
The Spyran military operates a Youth Guard unit in each area, a semi-military unit similar to the Boy Scouts, but without gender divides, and with more emphasis on drills and community service.
Each school also has a Strainist Student Association, which meets to discuss matters of ideology and politics, and to write and present memorial essays to the government and school administration on behalf of the student body.
Bump and a quote:
"Hey, man. You ever play ball? You've got a good build."
"What are you, gay?"
"No, I'm just trying to break the ice."
"I like ice. Leave it the f*ck alone."