Most of the schools in the world are very similar in many respects – the students go there in the morning and return home for dinner with an armful of homework assignments. But there are, it turns out, absolutely amazing and unique schools, radically different from the common standards. We have prepared a survey of the 10 most weird schools in the world, each of which will surprise you with something.
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10. Cave School in China
Dongzhong Mid is an elementary school in a cave in the mountain village of Miao in the Chinese province of Guizhou. This province is one of the poorest regions of China, receiving very little government subsidies. In 1984, the local community decided to equip the school in a mountain cave. Places there was enough for 9 teachers and almost 200 students. Many students spent about 6 hours on the way to and from school, but there was no other school in the vicinity. The school existed for 23 years, after which the authorities closed it, saying that China is “not a community of cavemen”.
9. School in a boat, Bangladesh
Twice a year, Bangladesh is experiencing floods, during which millions of residents remain cut off from large land, electricity and basic necessities. Naturally, it is impossible for children to attend school. To deal with the problems caused by annual floods, non-profit organization Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha came up with a brilliant solution – floating houses, medical centers, and schools.
The organization has opened about 100 boat schools, each of which receives the necessary energy from solar panels, is equipped with a laptop, Internet access and a small library. At the same time, the school itself takes children from home in the mornings and takes them home after school, like a school bus. Since the opening of such schools in 2002, 70,000 children have already been educated in them.
8. School on the railway platform, India
In 1985, Inderjit Khurana, a school teacher from the Indian city of Orissa, decided that it was time to fight illiteracy and set up the Ruchika School Social Service Organization (RSSO). This organization was built the world’s first school on the railway platform. Thanks to this school, more than 4,000 Indian children were educated. The system works very simply – homeless children and children from low-income families are picked up at stations, and then taught to read and write.
7. Abo Elementary School, USA
Elementary School Abo is proud to be the first land school in the United States. In the midst of the Cold War, when the United States was close to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, President John F. Kennedy promised to create public and private structures that could serve as nuclear shelters. The authorities of the city of Artesia in New Mexico decided to build an underground school that could also function as a shelter in the event of a nuclear strike. The school is completely underground, and a children’s playground is built on its roof. The school has three different entrances, each of which is protected by the 800-kilogram steel door. Behind the door is a room with a decontamination shower. The school was reportedly able to withstand radiation and withstand a 20-megaton explosion. At one time, it also had a morgue, an autonomous generator with a fuel supply, an autonomous ventilation system and supplies of food and medicine. Despite all this, many students who attended school had no idea that they were studying in the bomb shelter. The Abo School was closed in 1995 due to an increase in maintenance costs.
6. The most inaccessible elementary school, China
Gulu is a little-known village located in the mountainous area of Hanyuan in the Chinese province of Sichuan. The only way to get to the village is “Luom’s way” – a road with numerous zigzag turns, narrow aisles between stone walls and skewed bridges. On one of the mountains surrounding the village, there is an elementary school of the village.
5. High School for Sexual Minorities
The Harvey Milk High School in New York is named after politician and active fighter for the rights of gays Harvey Milka. It was built so that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and other such students would not be discriminated against. The school claims that its doors are open to any student, regardless of their sexual orientation or other preferences.
4. School “Work Now”
Prostitution in Spain is a legal phenomenon, and in this country to date, from 200,000 to 400,000 prostitutes. The school, called Trabajo Ya, which means “work now”, was opened in Valencia to teach prostitutes the most effective methods of work. The school offers a “basic course of professional prostitution with maximum efficiency”, and also provides employment for its graduates of both sexes.
The training lasts for one week and includes classes in theory and practice. For 100 € (about $ 120) students receive lessons on the history and evolution of prostitution and business skills. They attend daily two-hour classes in practical skills, during which students study the types and possibilities of sex toys and get to know the Kamasutra.
3. Philadelphia School of the Future
In West Philadelphia, in 2006, the School of the Future was opened, in which students do not need textbooks. Instead, they use computers. Maths, for example, is taught using the OneNote application, and teachers use computer interactive whiteboards instead of traditional whiteboards and chalk. Students are provided with personal digital lockers, which are opened with the help of identity cards.
The school faced a number of problems after its opening. There were problems with the leadership among the students, a weak level of technical training affected. However, soon the school became very popular, the students began to get high marks in mathematics and reading. And getting acquainted with Microsoft Office and other programs gives students a higher chance to find a job after graduation.
2. Brooklyn Free School
The Brooklyn Free School is divided into two parts: a high school for children aged 11 to 18 and an elementary school for students aged 4 to 11. There is no curriculum, students can choose any class they like, they are also allowed to skip classes if they wish. Some students may decide to stay alone, study, others can decide to play, take a walk or just sleep. There are classes in which students watch and discuss TV shows. In others, students compare prices in city restaurants. There are no tests, homework, and exams at school.
1. School of witches
The school of witches teaches witchcraft to aspiring witches all over the world. Despite the fact that most of its 40,000 students are trained via the Internet, the school has a building where students can attend real lessons. Since its opening, the school has been in the city of Roseville, Chicago, and later moved to Salem, Massachusetts. Moving became necessary, as the Christian communities began to pursue the school.
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