Polonus wrote:As for the level of language teaching - you are right - it was bad.
I heard the same about Czechoslovak schools, but in contrast to that I had a tourist guide in Leningrad 1984 who had studied Swedish for one year, and spoke flawlessly.
Oleksij wrote:Everything supposedly 'better' about the old times that most people ever bring up is entirely subjective, non-quantifiable POV. In other words, most of it was pulled out of the ass.
Swedish education has steadily become worse since around 1960, due to pedagogical reforms. And this is actually quantifiable, but defenders of the current system then claim that the pupils do not have to know anything, and that they are trained in "problem solving" instead. The universities complain that the new students do not even know the multiplication tables these days.
One family took one look at their son's Swedish school books, and decided to send him to a boarding school in Turkey instead, and he can still help Swedish university students from what he learned before age 15. (This son said that he would let his children go to the Swedish school, so he did apparently not agree with his parents or me.)
One Swedish teacher mentioned that foreign exchange students, after having been one year in a Swedish school, stated that they will be one year behind when they return.