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Georgians are computerized and englanized2010-04-08 09:39
Computers instead of schoolbooks: that was another know-how proposed by the president of Georgia who is again concerned about the modernization of the Georgian education. So far, his innovations have brought nothing but headache to the Georgian teachers. This time, Mikhail Saakashvili did not confine himself to local schools but is going to forcibly computerize the first-graders even in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Mikhail Saakashvili is an advanced president. He studied in the USA, his wife is the citizen of Netherlands and his family is multilingual. Only a person like that could take on the construction of a liberal state of the western type in the not-quite-suitable conditions of the Caucasus, where the historical traditions of the local nations are still very strong. However, he is ready to sweep everything and everyone on his way for the sake of becoming a feeble image of Europe and America, which wealth, by the way, springs from the resources of the third-world countries.
As the research of the IRI International Institute showed, the people of the country are not ready for any innovations. That is why, Saakashvili decided to start the modernization from the lower step of the people's accomplishment, that is, the education: the president has initiated another set of reforms in this field.
The idea of introducing innovations implies total computerization of the schoolchildren and the qualitative improvement of studying the foreign languages and, primarily, the English language. Since their first year at school, the Georgian kids are to master the foreign grammar simultaneously with the native one; besides, the training will be performed by native speakers.
Moreover, it is not only the children whom the president is going to force to study the foreign dialects; it is the entire population of the country including old people. He says that movies in English should be broadcasted without dubbing. The translation will be given in the form of the titles, although it would be better to understand the language.
The idea of Englanization inspired Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection Georgiy Khachidze as well. He suggested that the TV English lessons should be introduced on public television, while Saakashvili said that watching movies will be more efficient.