Northern Climes for School
The Inuits are tribespeople in Canada and Alaska. Their school year begins in August and ends in May. They study English and their native language, science, math and computers. The tundra can be harsh and winters brutally cold—and in a land of ice and snow, dogsledding, skiing and skating are popular. Sustaining life by fishing and creating clothes from furs and skins is paramount and dictates when education can be performed.
Russian students start school September 1 and the academic year ends in May. Their typical day runs from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm, much like American schools. Their education is only mandatory until the eleventh grade. After that, teenagers often choose between going to a vocational school to learn a trade, or hammer away at entry examinations in preparation for university. More than half the population is college educated.
China schools are open from the beginning of September to the middle of July for six days a week. Their long days, from 7:30 am typically until 5:00 pm makes their education seem extreme, but there is respite with a two-hour lunch period. Math and computer technology are favored subjects. There are also summer classes and many study for examinations during this time. They are highly athletic as children, often competing in gymnastics, Ping-Pong and soccer. The children also enjoy kite-flying, jump rope and video games.