Στήλη: Education

Why Do Schools Have Standardized Tests?

By Alexandra Kossioni and Antigoni Vassilopoulou

It is a fact that all students, during their school years are going to write many standardized tests. Some people believe that taking this kind of exam is a fair measure of student achievement whereas others are of the opinion that there could be better ways of evaluating the students. Thus, the question arises: what are the advantages and the disadvantages of these tests?

To begin with, many believe that standardized tests are fair for everyone. All pupils are being tested under the same circumstances that are not determined by their school. Another positive aspect of standardized tests is that the government and the schools are able to monitor whether the students have made any progress or not and modify the teaching method, so that it can be suitable for them.

On the other hand, there are also many disadvantages that need to be marked. It is a common held belief that due to these exams, students often have to deal with really difficult and overwhelming situations. There are multiple examples that can prove the above statement, nevertheless, in any case, anxiety and stress can easily be caused. As a result, students tend to be less efficient to their studies and to their daily routines in general.

In conclusion, we firmly belief that, although standardized tests are a very stressful experience for all students, it is the only fair way to evaluate the children performance each year.


Art in Εducation

By Iliana Kotta, Eleana Liaskou & Emmelia Michalopoulou


Art is something that all humans can see anywhere in their everyday lives and it is a way of expressing ourselves. Specifically in education, art plays a huge role in every student’s life and it is something that will probably affect their future.


First of all, art in education is a must-have in every school. All students need to be aware of what is going on in the world. But it is the art teachers’ job to help students to learn these kinds of things. A great art teacher is the one who is going to follow the right steps so the students have a great result. Firstly, based on the students’ works, art teachers are supposed to give them the right feedback and guide them to improve their work. Secondly, they must give their personal opinion on the art work. And lastly, teachers should give students some space to re-think and re-vision their art work. In some countries there are seminars for art teachers to learn and think like artists and to re-imagine art.


On the other hand, art in children’s life is not only based on their art teachers. It is also about them making an effort to understand and to take place in some activities that could really help them act and think more like an actual artist. For example, in some places around the world there are seminars for little kids to realize how important art is for our lives. These seminars are collaborations of teachers and artists to have a better result in the children’s lives. Also, having an art class in school is something that students should be thankful for because they are given a chance to learn something that is really important and plays a huge role in everyone’s life.


Art is a subject that every school must include and students should really embrace something so important and helpful for themselves and for the society, too. Every person in the world should be informed about the huge role art plays every day. Everyone should think and act as an artist to see and imagine creatively.


κατάλογοςBy Dionisis Chiras


Student life is the most fundamental and happiest period of the human life. Children in this period learn countless new things and information about life and they prepare themselves for the future so as to join society. Every day, they go το school and there they learn first of all, to communicate with other people and secondly, to cooperate with them by doing school projects. All these skills and information that school provides students with will be the key to a bright future to fulfill their dreams and complete their goals that they set every day.

Except for this part of the student’s daily routine, most students do extra-curricular activities. Some of them might be English lessons or private tutoring and sports. Another important thing for students is to take a certificate in the English language. Why do students want to take such a certificate? The answer is simple, because in this day and age English has become a worldwide language and speaking English fluently can help people and especially students in several ways. For instance, many jobs require the applicant to have an English certificate, so if a person has it, s/he can easily take the job. Furthermore, school often organizes school trips and some of them give the chance to students to visit a foreign country. In this case, speaking English can help them communicate with the locals and as a result learn more things about the country’s culture.

As for the sports that children do as an extra-curricular activity, they join different sport teams to do their favorite sport. In this way, they take a break from their exhausting, but also interesting daily routine, to do something they like and simultaneously exercise their bodies and keep fit. Some do individual sports, but others love playing team sports with their friends.

On the other hand, even though student life is so interesting, it is also very tiring due to the busy schedule that students have to follow every day. The long school hours, the homework that they have to do and the daily extra-curricular activities exhaust them and consequently there is lack of spare time for the students to do whatever they like.

To conclude, student life is a unique experience that children will never forget. In this period they learn many new things and do a lot of activities that they will probably never again have the chance to do. So it is important for them to have some free time to do something new every day.


By Maritina Haritou, Alexandra Karveli & Menia Grammatika

  1. Find someone to walk through with you.
    Literally and metaphorically. Find someone to accompany you through the corridors, but also support you at any given situation. Find that one person, who will cause you tears from laughter and who will wipe away your tears of sadness.
  2. Don’t worry, be happy.
    Grades, exams, teachers… They might seem a lot, but they’re not. You’re strong enough to make it through. It’s just a challenge. Prove how smart and intelligent you are and enjoy it.
  3. Have fun.
    Choose the right company and find joy in the boring classrooms. Discover the funny side of your school. Spend these nine months with the most enjoyable way.
  4. Be yourself.
    Show that beautiful self of yours. Believe in yourself. Be ambitious, in a healthy way, and reach the top. Make sure to show your unique and extraordinary personality.


Schools That Lead to Success

By Eva Silaidi, Anatoli Betsou & Elina Plali-Sorra (A Class)


Did you know that what is learned in school can directly affect students’ future career success? Nowadays schools not only educate children but they also develop their character as well as their interpersonal skills. The question is how and when schools and teachers manage to do that.

From a young age children at school are taught how to increase their team spirit by performing several tasks such as keeping their classrooms clean, or even getting involved in projects. This can be extremely helpful, especially later on with their professional lives, when they will have to cooperate and interact with their colleagues at work.

Schools in some countries choose to offer students the chance to try out different college or university courses by providing them with a “gap year” between the 11th and 12th grade.  By doing this, students will have the opportunity to realize what they want their future occupation to be like, to find out more about their personal interests and of course gain some independence. This way they will be well equipped for a bright academic future, but also set high career prospects.

To conclude, schools should prepare their students for their later work life in order to assist them to succeed in the career they have chosen. Pupils should be taught the basics of social skills and how to rely and trust themselves. Hopefully this will affect positively their imminent business success.

What Studies Should I Choose?

By George Livieratos, Pantelis Kondis &

Androutsopulos-Agiotatos Vasilis-George (A Class)


Deciding what to study is sometimes important and should not be hurried, as it can impact future success and career.  For a few people, choosing a course is simple: they have always wanted to be a surgeon or had always passion for geography and art. Others, however, are facing a lot of trouble deciding what exactly they want to do in their life.

A quick major decision may only lead to frustration and loss of time. People who choose the wrong course end up being unhappy and having a lot of issues studying. In order to make a major decision, time and information are needed. Young people have to consider all options and ask for advice or suggestions.

Identifying personal skills and strengths and choosing a course that reflects the person’s abilities is essential. Teachers and tutors can also help their students recognize their strengths and weaknesses. This process will help them decide which course fits them. If they find the right course at the right university they will be inspired to succeed.


Students of this generation are lucky that they have access to high-speed Internet and have information readily available at their finger-tips. The use of interactive tools will help them find a course based on their specific interests and requirements. People who have completed university courses can give an insight from a student’s perspective and inform younger people about the pros and cons.

Career opportunities are also vital. Students must take a look at the career prospects of the course before selecting one. They have to consider various factors, such as income, job, security, stress, responsibility and other benefits.


Top 3 Educational Systems Around the World

By Ifigenia Bakogianni and Christina Tsoupra (A Class)



Switzerland with a rather flexible and varied educational system is in 9th place based on the Pearson Education Group. Both the government and a total of 26 regional cantons (subdivisions of a country established for political or administrative purposes) share responsibility for higher and tertiary learning. Not only this, but the Swiss Financial Institution and Swiss Banking School also provide advanced Ph.D. programmes for students, with an emphasis on teaching wealth management and private banking.



Canada, placing 10th in the Pearson Group maintains a level of consistency and reliability. In fact, this level of consistency and reliability is also a significant feature of the Canadian economy, and this was most notable during the aftermath of the global recession. The Canadians follow compulsion in the education up to 16 or 18 years.



Finland is fairly enough in the first place with the single most innovative and unique educational system in the world. It has turned its back on the centralized and evaluation-driven model adopted by the majority of the western nations. It has been recorded that all students attend college and enter into a higher education in general. The most important is that most education is funded by the public, and Finnish citizens do not have to pay tuition fees at any level. Last but not least, Finnish teachers are more focused on learning rather than testing. Students undergo the national examination (matriculation) at the end of their general upper secondary education. They seek admission into institutions for higher education on the basis of their matriculation results and entrance test performance.

School children are primarily encouraged to develop their social skills. Most students rarely get homework until they are well into their teens. School days in the early years are short, and much of the time is spent on educational activities instead of academics. Teachers place a lot of emphasis on play, art, music, dramatics, and storytelling. However, at some point, Finland is not considered no#1 anymore: the premature child admission is said to be a big drawback in the system.


To cut a long story short, Education is one of those things that is considered pretty important throughout the world, but it still remains that not every country does it the same and indeed some countries are better at it than others.

Why teenagers really do need an extra hour in bed

By Panagiotis Dimitropoulos, Tassos Karakoulakis, Vasilis

Daoularis & Panagiotis Antonopoulos (A class)


Every parent knows that getting teenagers out of bed is no easy task, especially when they have to go to school, triggering depression and irritation, with themselves prone to shouts of  » I hate you » and everything is «so unfair!»

First of all, students get significantly less sleep when they are in school term – roughly one hour and 17 minutes less a night than when on holiday. They also have to wake up considerably earlier – about two hours and 30 minutes sooner. In contrast, the students – particularly boys – tended to adopt a later sleep/wake routine during the holidays. Recently, a research showed that students believe they need about eight hours and 45 minutes of sleep, although during the holidays they tend to get about nine hours and 12 minutes. During school term, they typically get less than eight hours of sleep. As a result adolescents are increasingly using stimulants to compensate for sleep loss, and caffeinated and/or sugary drinks are the usual choice. The half-life of caffeine is 5 to 9 hours. So a caffeinated drink late in the day delays sleep at night. Tiredness also increases the likelihood of taking up smoking. Collectively, a day of caffeine and nicotine consumption, the biological tendency for delayed sleep and the increased alertness promoted by computer or cellphone use generates what scientists call a “perfect storm” for delayed sleep in teenagers.


All in all, skipping sleep can be harmful. You can look bad, you may feel moody and you perform poorly. So, sleepiness surely has a big impact in teenagers” lives and should be avoided.


Source: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829130-100-why-teenagers-really-do-need-an-extra-hour-in-bed/

5 Tips for Effective Study

By Maria Kardi (A class)


 Students grapple with many issues in their lives, and because of all of the competing things for your attention, it’s hard to concentrate on studying.

So if you are looking to make the most of your study time and get better grades at school, here are some tips to increase your effectiveness as a student.

Don’t forget that the key to effective studying isn’t cramming or studying longer, but studying smarter.


1. Use an Assignment Notebook: Organize you studying by writing down all your assignments and notes so you don’t forget anything.


2. Cut out all distractions: No TV, phone calls, or loud music. These can ruin your concentration.


3. Get a healthy snack and water bottle:  Keep yourself hydrated and small snacks like peanuts or fruit will help keep you energized.


4. Create a study space: Find a comfortable and quiet space with good lighting.


5. Take breaks: Working too long on a task can actually decrease your performance.



Should we stop going to school at the age of 16?

By Michael Douvlis, Andriana-Theoni Nikolopoulou &  Agathi Tagari (A class)


  One of the most debated issues in education today is for how long it must be compulsory. The duration of the education varies in most countries. For instance, in some countries children must go to school until the age of 16 and in some others until the age of 18.

To start with, children who go to school until the age of 16 may not be that privileged. These students are thought to have more problems in finding a job. Should they find one, they might not have huge salaries, because they will undergo obsolescence due to the limited education they have. In addition, according to a recent survey, a degree can offer someone a salary 24 % higher than the one offered to a holder of a high school diploma and the non-graduates cannot find a secure job.

Not only does the education until 16 cause financial problems, but it also has an effect on their socialization. More specifically, these people feel marginalized and useless to society, and as a consequence, they face psychological problems.

On the other hand, 18-year-old graduates feel more complete. They do not only feel economically safer, but they have also practised other abilities. By interacting with other peers, they socialize and they learn how to solve problems related with their occupation. What’s more, it helps them broaden their horizons. It can be conducive to develop a character and they can also find a job easily whether they have a university diploma or not. Moreover, they are more capable of developing social skills and they can feel more independent.

All in all, there are a lot of different opinions regarding compulsory education. In our point of view, education should be compulsory until the age of 18, due to the opportunities it offers.