Day One: Bulgaria and Romain Rolland FLS

History is an important aspect of culture, Bulgaria being an excellent case in point with its more than 13 centuries of glory and downfall. On the first day of the exchange in Stara Zagora three 9-graders, Mihaela, Zhaneta and Greta, gave a ppt presentation on bulgarian-history  to their foreign partners and then conducted a quiz on the most important events and figures in Bulgarian historical development.

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Of course, no school exchange would be complete without a prezi on school culture, i.e. Romain-Rolland-Foreign-Language-School. We come from different educational systems and it was important for our guests to get a taste of what it takes for a student at Romain Rolland FLS to do well academically – with its more than 1100 students, bilingual profile and two study shifts, the school is a typical example of a language school with its rigorous curriculum and strong emphasis on academic achievement. Slavena, Damyan, Yordan, Suzana and Raditina did a great job of talking about some peculiar items of our school culture such as “a register” and “a mark book”, to name a few.

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  1. It’s so remarkable to see that these children are studying communism as part of their history (and a bit odd that they refer to it as socialism). Startling to realize that they weren’t even born when the Berlin Wall fell and the world utterly changed.


    • Thank you for you comment! Actually, they will be studying communism/socialism in the upper grades and it was quite a challenge for them to research it – they’d talked to their parents, asked their History teacher, read a few articles ..only to find out how divided the views in society are. And this is what they presented to their foreign counterparts – understanding history is indeed about perspectives – in later years, when they delve deeper, they will hopefully take a stand, an informed one, I hope.


      • I’m reminded of something I noticed in the Iskra Historical Museum and Art Gallery in Kazanluk. In 2011, Iskra unveiled an exhibit devoted to its holdings documenting the changes in Bulgaria generally and Kazanluk particularly after the Russian-Turkish War. This exhibit on a period some 130 years ago is referenced as “New History,” as distinguished from the nearby “Newest History” exhibit focusing on the losses and gains made by the 23rd Infantry “Shipchenski” Regiment in the Patriotic War 1944-1945. How many more years will it take for Bulgarian museums to accumulate the archival objects, scholarship, curatorial analysis and perspective to develop exhibits for a true “Newest History” that focuses on the 45 post-war years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria? I wonder what the pedagogy will be for high school study of those years.


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