Առաջարկ Անժելիկա Սարգսյանից

“The overall idea refers to improving the current system of general education via 3 main steps. I will try to be short and present the areas that need most immediate involvement and may form the core basis for further changes.

1. Primary education — revision of the 1st grade’s program. Kids now are admitted to schools at the age of 6, they will study then for 12 years, and it seems the program is artificially prolonged with minimum contextual and structural changes from the 10/11-year program. The curriculum for the 1st graders has to be revised in a way that its primary goal becomes preparing kids for the school life, both psychologically and skill-wise. The program may focus on kids’ cognitive skills; may help them recognize the letters and numbers, trying to reproduce those on sand; may include lots of painting classes, so the kid’s hand learns how to use hand movement in creating lines and shapes. The examples are vast. But the main idea remains the same: to make sure every kid has acquired the skills and confidence to move on through the academic life.

2. Middle school — creation of labs for quality education in physics, chemistry and maths. A middleschooler’s program is enlarged, they take lots of new subjects, all of which are basic and central for raising an averagely-educated member of the society; and this fact makes it more important to ensure the knowledge gained is not only theoretical, but empirical too, as far as it is possible. Imagine a kid’s excitement when he learns a principle in maths or physics and then has the chance to see and demonstrate it himself. For this end, we will have to create better labs and increase the number of visits to the lab. Here we can also speak about numerous long-term positive side-effects, one of which is the kid’s interest in science, a field that needs a separate enhancement policy in our country.

3. High school — specialty education and wider job opportunities for school-certificate holders. High school education has to benefit the youth professionally. Having gained the basic knowledge in middle school, the kid is now ready to attain professional skills. Common subjects can be replaced with specialty fields like business, economics, medicine, law, arts, politics, languages, etc. The international A-Level system can be researched for this purpose to understand whether it is applicable to us and how we can introduce it. One of the important aspects of this approach is giving larger job opportunities for those who cannot afford further Bachelor’s degree education. However, not less important is the fact that the whole university admissions system can be transformed, when the applicant enters the university with certain specialty grades already. ”

Anzhelika Sargsyan