Fortunate students spend about a quarter of their lives in school, studying hard, hoping for a better future. Spending so much time in school, students learn plenty about math and science but not about the school itself. Well, prepare yourself, grasshopper, for a few lessons on school. Here are the 25 Common Things About School You Didn’t Know.
The world's largest school is in India.
With over 40,000 students, 2,500 teachers, 3,000 computers, and 1,000 classrooms, City Montessori School in India received the Guinness World Record for largest school in the world.
Reading proficiency predicts drop out rates in school.
It’s important now more than ever to encourage young children to read. Studies show that children with low reading ability by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school, end up in jail, or go on welfare.
In most countries, public school isn't free.
While the United States and most of the western world provides a free public school education for their citizens, many developing countries do not. Children are either not educated in these countries or it falls on their parents’ shoulders, paying the teacher’s salary and purchasing the books and supplies.
The unique crayon smell comes from beef fat.
Who doesn’t love opening up a new box of crayons and taking in that new crayon smell? Well, as it turns out, that unique aroma comes from beef fat to help keep the wax consistent.
School year schedules are different all over the world.
In the United States, a school year usually runs from September to the end of May with summer vacation in June through August. However, schools all over the world go by wildly different schedules. Australia’s school year is 200 days, running from the end of January to December. France, on the other hand, has the shortest school year but the longest school day.