The Olympics

The most important, all-consuming academic competition I’ve ever seen devised is alive here in Mongolia: The Olympics (or Olympiad, as it is commonly referred to as). They are subject and grade-based: Chemistry, Math, Mongolian, Russian, English, and more all get their own test. Up until this year, there were national Olympics for 11th, 9th, and […]

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There are many things one does not know about a country until one lives there. It’s difficult to pick up on subtleties and emotional responses from the populace about their history unless you visit with and talk to these people. October revealed much to me in how Mongolia and Russia get along with each other. […]

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