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Cheating in School


There have always been kids that have chosen to cheat in school, but today’s tech gadgets have made it easier and more common than before. With the majority of teens and tweens carrying cell phones, answers to test questions can zing around a classroom in minutes. Here are some examples of the ways teens are cheating at school:

Intelligence (revised)

  1. What is intelligence?
  2. What makes a person intelligent?
  3. Should a person read a lot to be intelligent?
  4. Do you need higher education to be intelligent?
  5. Should an intelligent person have high morality?
  6. Is being intelligent means being able to think critically?
  7. Does intelligence make people more attractive?
  8. Who is the most intelligent person around your way?
  9. Who is the most intelligent person among famous people? Why do you think so?

Critical Thinking

Why do lions have manes? And what noise should a new musical instrument make? Why Oxford University asks its applicants bizarre questions

  • Oxford University reveals the conundrums it poses to candidates in interviews
  • Law applicants could be asked about running red lights on empty roads at night
  • Biological sciences candidates face questions about why lions have manes
  • It comes just days before the October 15 deadline for would-be undergraduates to apply for a place to start at Oxford next autumn

Speaking multiple languages can give you multiple personalities


The idea that language affects the way we look at the world is hardly new. But could your personality actually change depending on which language you're speaking? That's the idea put forward by a new psychological study.

Professional Identity

Choosing a profession

  1. What is your profession? What personality traits one should have to get it?
  2. What influenced your career choice? By what criteria did you make a choice?
  3. What kind of talents does a person need to be a professional in your field of work?
  4. What are your talents? How do you utilize your potential at work? Which of your talents do you develop just for yourself as a hobby (if you have one)?

7 ways to quickly become a master at anything

There's a right way to learn. Want to be more successful? Actually that's not ambitious enough — want to be the best? I do. So I called my friend Daniel Coyle, author of the best books on getting better at anything: The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.

Dan knows that the "10,000 hour rule" is nice, but you need to align your effort with the way your brain was designed to learn. Hours are vital but you can get to mastery faster — much faster — by practicing the right way. So how can you and I do that? Here are seven steps experts use:


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your first memory of school?
  2. Were you happy at school?​
  3. Do you think children like school?
  4. What do you think about the fact that English children start school at 4 and Russian children start at 6 or 7?
  5. If you could talk to yourself as a child now, what piece of advice would you give yourself about school?

Teenagers: Why Do They Rebel?

Driving fast, breaking curfew, arguing, shoplifting. Teenagers can push your patience, but unfortunately, some kids go as far as blatantly flouting rules or breaking the law, often with tragic results. What's with this rebellious streak? How can parents funnel it into less risky business?


  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘information’?
  2. What’s the difference between information and knowledge?
  3. Do you think we get too much information every day?
  4. How much useless information do you think you’ve learned?
  5. Is it important to know a lot of information in today’s world?
  6. How do you gather information?
  7. Do you have more information than your grandparents?
  8. What topics would you like to know more information about?
  9. What do you think ‘information economics’ is?

Play is More than Fun

Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed

One study found that kids who played with blocks scored higher on language tests than kids who had no blocks. Perhaps the children with blocks simply spent less time on unproductive activities such as watching TV--but the end result was good for them in any case.

Schools Kill Creativity

Questions for discussion:

  1. Which school subjects do you think are the most important?
  2. Are subjects like art, drama P.E, or dance important or are they a waste of time?
  3. Were you creative when you were a child?
  4. Do you still consider yourself to be a creative and imaginative person? Explain.
  5. Did you enjoy school? What were the best and worst things about your school days?

Writing a CV

1. Why do you need a CV? Can you get a job without one and how?
2. Why do you need a covering letter? What do you write in a covering letter?
3. What should a student write in a CV? What should they put first? What should they hide?
4. What should one write in a CV of a person with a 1-2 years’ experience? 3-4 years’ experience?
5. What should you write in a CV if you want to change your professional sphere radically?
6. What should you write in a CV apart from working experience?
- contact info (cell ph #, email, address)
- personal info (marital status, kids, etc.)

Building a career

Questions for discussion:

  1. What’s a career in your opinion? What do you think of career-oriented people? Is it good or bad?
  2. Do you consider a successful career only the one that ends at the very top of a career ladder, like CEO or President of a company?
  3. What do you think of a person who has spent all their life in one and the same company? Or at the same post?
  4. Does one need to be ambitious to build a career? What do you think of ambitious people? What’s the attitude to ambitions abroad?

Time Management

Questions for discussion:

  1. What's time management for you? Do you think it's really useful and needed? What are the good and bad sides of TM, in your opinion?
  2. Are you often late? Are you annoyed when somebody else is late? What are the drawbacks of losing time on waiting for somebody? Do you think being late depends on the person or on the situation?
  3. In your opinion can TM be applied only at work? Do you need it in your everyday life?
  4. How do you proiritise tasks when there is a lot to do?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is a good education?
  2. When does education begin?
  3. How important do you think education is?
  4. Do you think you had a good education?
  5. Is the level of education in your country good?
  6. Do you think the quality of education is slipping?
  7. What do you think of the idea of all education being online?
  8. What kind of education did you have in your home?
  9. What would the world be like if everyone had access to a good education?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you remember about your teachers? Who was your favorite teacher?
  2. Do you still stay in touch with your teachers? Did you have any teachers you didn't like?
  3. Do you know anyone who attended a private school? Do private schools offer higher quality education or are they just prestigious?
  4. Was it harder to study in college than in high school? How does college compare to high school? What advice would you give a high school student who is about to go to college?


  1. When did you learn to read?
  2. What were your favorite books in different periods of your life?
  3. Have your taste for literature changed since childhood? How has it changed?
  4. What kind of reading do you prefer now (books, magazines, internet, smth. else)?
  5. What kind of books do you read now (classical literature, fiction, science fiction, novels, detective stories, historical novels, business books, smth.else)?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Does the good system of education exist anywhere in the world or it is ostentatious thing (the thing just ‘for show’)? When was the education born? What do you think about improving of its from those times?
  2. Has education really been helping the society to it’s development? Does it help more to society or a definite person of that society? Is there a difference of education in Russia and other countries?

School memories

Questions for discussion:

~ Did you like to go to school?

~ What was your favorite subject at school? Why?

~ Did you have favorite teacher? Why did you like him/her?

~ Did you have any good friends at school? Do you have any friends since school years?

~ Did you visit after-school child care classes? If yes, did you like it?

~ Did you like to do homework? Were you typically afraid when teacher began to check homework / asked you to go to the blackboard or you always were ready to answer?


Questions for discussion:

• What are the advantages and disadvantages of school education in modern Russia?
• Does school education influence the future career of a person or a talented child will find his way by himself any school?
• What school have you graduated from? What were your favorite subjects?
• Is it worth to send a child to the privileged school?
• Where your school years wonderful? How do you remember your school years?
• How has the school changed in comparison with the school of your childhood?

Education in Russia & Abroad

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Questions for discussion:

  1. Are You satisfied with the education level in Russia?
  2. Are Americans (& others) really “stupid” (as said Zadornov)?
  3. What should children learn before school, in school? And how?
  4. What do You think about changing the evaluation to “EGE”?


Questions for discussion:

1. Does the good system of education exist anywhere in the world or it is ostentatious thing (the thing just ‘for show’)? When was the education born? What do you think about improving of its from those times?
2. Has education really been helping the society to it’s develop? Does it help more to society or a definite person from that society? Is there a difference of education in Russia and other countries?

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