October the 5th is Unesco’s World Teachers’ Day which has been celebrated on the same day every year since 1994. it commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale. So lets take a look at some interesting facts about schools and teachers!
1. Mussolini was expelled from school when he was 10 for stabbing a classmate. He did the same thing at his next school.
2. The mascot of the Rhode Island School of Design is “Scrotie”, a set of male genitalia. The basketball team is the Balls and the hockey team is the Nads. Their slogan? Go Nads.
3. In Armenia, all children aged 6 and up are taught chess at school, as it is a mandatory part of their curriculum.
4. A man graduated from Columbia University, New York after performing his janitorial duties at the school full-time for 12 years.
5. The students in China receive the most homework in the world. At an average, teenagers do a whopping 14 hours of homework in a week.
6. Pakistan does not give children a legal right to free education. Only children between the ages of 5 and 9 are entitled to compulsory education.
7. Summer vacations in Chile start from mid-December and end in early March. That’s 3 whole months away from school.
8. France has the shortest school year from August to June and also the longest school day.
9. Children in Germany receive a special cone called Schultüte, which is filled with pens, pencils, books and snacks. But they can only open it on their first day of school!
10. Harvey Milk High School in New York is named after the famed gay rights activist and politician, Harvey Milk. It was built to cater to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students who are likely to be marginalized and discriminated against in regular schools.
11. At age 15, Jim Carrey quit school and became a janitor to support his family. They were living out of a van at that time. – Source
12. Charleston, Arkansas was the first southern school system to integrate. When asked how it could be done without violence, an attorney named Dale Bumpers said, “We’ll just do it.” The board integrated the schools without announcing it to the press, and there was no violence.
13. Michael Caine became an actor because all the prettiest girls at his school were in drama class.
14. In 2010, Lower Merion School District board in Pennsylvania gave Macbooks to students, secretly spied on them, and punished them later at school.
15. A fire in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2002 killed 15 school girls. The girls were not allowed to leave the burning building by the state’s religious police because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress.
16. The oldest existing, and continually operating educational institution in the world is the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco.
17. As recently as 2009, China had elementary schools wholly sponsored by big tobacco. One in Sichuan had a message at the front gate that said “Tobacco can help you become an achiever”
18. Neil deGrasse Tyson was a undefeated high school wrestling captain and wrestled for Harvard.
19. The #1 high school in the US, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in which 2/3 of the student body is Asian but only <5% are Hispanic or black, has been under fire for not having greater minority representation.
20. Last year, a pregnant employee at San Diego Christian College was fired for having premarital sex. The school subsequently offered a job to the man who had gotten her pregnant.
21. The Beatles song “I am the Walrus” was written after John learned the English master in his former high school was making the class analyze lyrics from Beatles songs. In response, he wrote the most confusing lyrics he could, saying, “Let the f**kers work that one out.”
22. In Holland, children start school on the day they turn 4, which means that there’s always someone new in the class.
23. World’s oldest school is in Canterbury, England. The King’s School, as it is named, was founded in 597 AD.
24. Kids in Japan are the most independent of the lot. They travel to school alone, clean their own classrooms and even carry lunch.
25. Turin has the smallest school in the world with only one pupil. Confused if we should be happy for the child or pity him/her?
26. Pocatello “Poky” High School, in Pocatello Idaho, having obtained numerous reports and security footage, is said to be maybe the most haunted school of the world.
27. The Florida School for Boys, a reform school that was shut down in 2011, gained a reputation for abuse, beatings, rapes, torture, and even murder of students by staff. 50 unmarked and undocumented graves have been located on the property using radar.
28. La Rosey school in Switzerland is believed to be the most expensive boarding school in the world.
29. Kids in Finland do not start school until the age of 7, which is one of the oldest ages around the world to start school.
30. The Microsoft-designed School of the Future in Philadelphia is completely paperless and encourages children to learn with digital technology.