English Magnet School
Korchagina St. 13A
FOR LIST OF
Ms. Marina Voitsekhovskaya
PRINCIPAL AND CHEMISTRY TEACHER
Ms. Ada Lyagena
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND
Ms. Yelena Petrova
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT HEAD: 282-2080
Ms. Olga Emelina
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The students who attended the NMR visit to School 1201 distinguished themselves as among the most enthusiastic, interested and opinionated, articulate and outspoken students I have met yet. (The English teachers who attended the conference were delighted, surprised at the extent and level of participation of their students.)
Discussion, which followed the NMR presentation, started as soon as I opened the floor for questions and comments. It gained momentum quickly and remained energized for well over an hour. Current events and regional developments in the Caucuses, Serbia, and Chechnya highlighted nationalistic points of view and provided opportunities for some students to criticize the US and NATO and justify Russia’s current military campaign.
September 28, 1999
the other hand, on several occasions I was pressed to present a view of
Russia, a very positive view, which conflicted with the students’ perspective
of their own country. It is a sad when government propaganda sows
seeds of fear, mistrust, and hatred. (Years of hyped mistrust have
created strong prejudices - in the West, as well as in the East -
that may take generations to overcome.) Several students expressed
their restlessness and inability to sleep well at night due to the recent
bombings throughout Russia. “Most Russians are evil, corrupt, and
violent,” so said a girl of 14. The general mistrust of strangers
and foreigners was palpable. I challenge the teachers of School 1201
to plant the seeds of hope and teach the skills and attitudes that will
empower their students and motivate them to be pro-active in positive ways.
The love/hate feelings that some Russians harbor about America have not been very evident in my school visits. The students at School 1201 pulled no punches. I am happy to report that mutual respect and gentility was never lost. I was sorry that we could not continue our discussion into the afternoon; as it was, the students opted to skip French and physics to continue asking and answering questions well beyond the allotted time.
Following the NMR Presentation/Conference, I met with the Principal and Olga Emelina. It seems that School 1201 has had significant experience in student exchange programs with American schools. For the past two years the program has been inactive (which might help account for the confused views about America expressed by the current upperclassmen). In the past School 1201 has sent students and teachers to live with American families and study/teach at schools in Denver, Cincinnati, Washington, and New York. The program “expired due to the changing economic situation in Russia – the Russia government once paid the travel expenses of students who qualified to study abroad.”
School 1201 is an excellent candidate for student exchange programs. If you would like to study in Russia, please contact Ms Olga Emelina.
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