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Education – образование, обучение, подготовка
Fortune – удача, рок, судьба
Smart – умный, разумный
Heritage – наследство, наследие
Grant – грант, дотация, субсидия
Scholarship – стипендия
Day release – освобождение от работы на один или несколько дней для повышения квалификации
Faculty – профессорско-преподавательский состав
Department – факультет
Revision – проверка
Ignorance – незнание, необразованность
Intelligence – интеллект, умственные способности

To cheat – жульничать, мошенничать
To examine – экзаменовать, принимать экзамен
To estimate – оценивать
To convince – убеждать
To eradicate – истреблять
To assume – допускать, предполагать
To fill of a bucket – забивать голову (какой-то информацией)
To try ignorance – быть необразованным

1. To eradicate – destroy completely.
2. Ignorance – lack of knowledge or information.
3. Smart – having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.
4. To cheat – act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.
5. Heritage – property that is or may be inherited.
6. She won a scholarship to study abroad.
7. The builders estimate the cost of repairing the roof at $600.
8. The great pianist will examine the students in music.
9. He managed to convince the jury of his innocence.
10. The entire length of our route is assumed to be about thirty-two miles.


Hi. This is Cari. I’m a teacher with the online English school, EnglishDom.com. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about Education. Now, education is a very big topic and I’m not really sure how to narrow down the focus, but…I began with a question: "What does education mean to you?"

And when I thought about that, I remembered this image from when I was a child, in the 70’s, and I don’t know if it was a story in a book or something on TV that I saw, but I remember this idea of "the teacher of the future". And there were two possibilities – one, the teacher would stay at home and would talk to the students from a TV screen, but the students would be at school in their normal classroom. Another option was everybody stayed home and everybody watched the teacher on their own TV screen. And I remember thinking how crazy that was and I just couldn’t even imagine how that would even be possible.

And now, I’m a teacher. I’m from the United States but I live in Mexico and I’m teaching students who are in Europe via computer screen which is basically an updated television screen, right? So, our world’s a little crazy; some of our advancements are pretty amazing. Something that I for sure thought would never happen…a teacher teaching via television!

So, a question for you is, "What does education mean to you?" Even though we have online education today, the majority of our children, at least, are still taught in traditional schools. Every country, every culture, has their own differences in education. So, I’d like to give you some phrases or sayings about education and just see what ideas come to mind for you.

A very famous saying, sometimes attributed to Yeats, but not confirmed…"Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." So, what does that mean to you? Are we just trying to put information into children’s heads or just, conv…hmmm, convince them, teach them to be who and what we need them to be for our, our job industry? Or are we lighting a fire? Are we exciting them to learn and continue learning throughout their whole life, about whatever it is that interests them?

Another saying is, "If you think education is expensive, you should try ignorance!" I think this is a very good quote because, especially in the United States, there are so many problems caused by ignorance (which basically is a lack of education). And, I don’t know if education is doing enough to eradicate ignorance in our country and I wonder what you think about what’s happening in Russia.

"An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life." This is an interesting quote for me because I think it’s true. Education, historically, has been designed to teach our next generation’s work force but it’s not really like that anymore. It is to some extent, of course, but there’s also some differences nowadays in our education and I wonder how that is for you in your country.

This one is a very American saying although; I assume it probably applies to some other countries as well…"It’ll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the military has to hold a bake sale to buy their bombers." (This is) a very interesting quote about our priorities as governments and how much we say we value education but do we really value it when it comes to putting up some money?

And lastly, I have a joke for you: A child comes home from his first day at school. His mother asks, "Well, what did you learn today?" The kid replies, "Not enough! They want me to come back tomorrow."

Please join our discussion club or join us in our forum on our Facebook page to share your ideas about education. We hope to hear from you soon. Feel English and feel free. Bye for now.




If you study to remember, you will forget, but, If you study to understand, you will remember.


The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.


Crooked by nature is never made straight by education.


In college I'm studying Pharmacy – because I've always wanted to be a farmer.

List of questions for discussion

1. What comes to mind when you hear the word "education"?
2. How important do you think education is?
3. Do you think you had a good education?
4. Was there a high standard of education at your schools?
5. Do you think the quality of education is slipping?
6. What do you think of the idea of all education being online?
7. Does everybody can have a good education or there are some restrictions?
8. What would the world be like if everyone had access to a good education?
9. Does your government really care about education?
10. Why do some people prefer to go to other countries to study? Is education better abroad?
11. In which country do you think you can receive the best education?
12. What is a good education?
13. What would you like to change about the education system of your country?
14. Would you like to work in education?
15. Do you think there’s a lot of money to be made in education?

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