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Polish schools on the top in ranking

Posted on 20. May, 2015 by in Countries, Education

In the biggest international education ranking to date, Poland placed fifth in Europe and eleventh in the world, ahead of Britain and the United States! Great job Poland!!!

Warsaw University main entrance

Warsaw University main entrance

The international study of education systems (międzynarodowe badanie systemów edukacji), authored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Organizacja Współpracy Gospodarczej i Rozwoju) (OECD), ranked 15 year-olds Asian students as the best performers. Singapore came first in the OECD ranking, followed by Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Next came Finland, Estonia, Switzerland and the Netherlands and just behind them were Canada and Poland. In total, students from 76 countries were assessed for the OECD study.

The results of the study were presented officially during the 2015 World Education Forum (Światowe Forum Edukacji) organised by UNESCO, which took part between May 19-22 in South Korea. The ranking took into consideration the test results of 15 year-olds within the subjects of mathematics and science, with an emphasis on displaying analytical skills and the ability to solve problems as well as argue and interpret accordingly. The questions were put together for the OECD by Eric Hansushek of Stanford University and Ludger Woessmann of Munich University.

The latest ranking is different to those in recent years in that it has a bigger focus on science as well as a higher number of criteria assessing international education systems. These include the results of tests such as the Programme for International Student Assessment, Program Międzynarodowej Oceny Studentów (PISA) – long-regarded as the benchmark OECD test – as well as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS), prepared by academics in the United States. It also includes the Tercer Estudio Regional Comparativo y Explicativo (TERCE), applied in the South America.

Poland’s high ranking in the OECD study does not come as a surprise. In recent years, Poland has in impressive style climbed to the top of the PISA classification, which evaluates the knowledge of 15 year-olds within the fields of mathematics and science.

The latest OECD ranking is also to a large extent based on the PISA results, within which Polish students claimed joint first place in the European Union, alongside the Netherlands, Estonia and Finland. The top spots overall were taken by Asian countries.

The very impressive performance by Polish students within education rankings in recent years has in large part been a result of comprehensive changes within Poland’s education system – changes that have allowed it to break free from its Communist mould.

You can find some more information about Polish schools here: The Polish School SystemPolish schoolPrzedszkole i zerówka – Polish kindergarten and “class zero”How school has changed…

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

Happy Mother’s Day! Dzień Matki

Posted on 09. May, 2015 by in Holidays, Poetry

Even though Mother’s Day in Poland is celebrated on May 26th, in USA is celebrated tomorrow. That’s why I decided to post few different things you may wish to your mother on this day in Polish!


Dzień Matki

Mother’s Day

W kalendarzu Święto Matki
z życzeniami śpieszą dziatki.
Ja Ci mamo dziś w podzięce
za Twe trudy daję serce
i przepraszam za me psoty,
za wybryki i kłopoty.

Mother’s Day in the calendar
Little ones hurry with wishes
Today Mom in gratitude
for your labors I give heart
and I’m sorry for my pranks,
for pranks and trouble.

Choć serduszko moje małe,
Tobie dziś oddaje całe.
byś na zawsze pamiętała
I podziękę moją znała.
Za to wszystko coś zrobiła,
Za to żeś mnie urodziła,
I że byłaś mą ostoją,
Za to żeś jest matką moją.
Ślę życzenia a nie kwiatki
Oraz miłość na Dzień Matki.

Although my heart is little ,
Today I give you a whole heart.
so you always remember
And know that I’m thankful.
For all you did,
For you giving me life,
And that you were my mainstay,
For you being my mother
I send greetings instead of flowers
And love on Mother’s Day.

Z okazji Twego święta, Mamo
życzę Ci zdrowia, sił i codziennej radości
wraz ze słowami największej wdzięczności.
Za wszystkie dla mnie trudy i starania
składam Ci dzisiaj podziękowania.

On your day, Mom
I wish you health, strength and joy daily
along with the words of the greatest gratitude.
For all hardships and efforts you did
I give you thanks today

Mamo podaj rękę, niech ją ucałuję.
Dziś jest Twoje Święto – serdecznie winszuję.
Żyj mi mamo zdrowa, szczęśliwa, wesoła,
niech Ci żadna troska nie zasmuci czoła.
Niech Ci wszystko wokół radośnie się plecie.
Kocham Cię, ach kocham nad wszystko na świecie.

Mom, give a hand, let me kiss it.
Today is Your Day – heartily congratulate.
Live healthy, happy, cheerful,
May no concerns upset your forehead.
May everything around you happily come together.
I love you, oh I love you above everything in the world.

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Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

May 3rd is Constitution Day in Poland

Posted on 03. May, 2015 by in History, Holidays

Today is Constitution Day in Poland!Many people in Poland celebrate Constitution Day (Święto Konstytucji 3 Maja or Święto Narodowe Trzeciego Maja), which commemorates the enactment of the Polish Constitution that came into effect on May 3, 1791.

It is one of the most patriotic holidays in Poland. It is a moment to be spent with their families in a truly festive atmosphere. May 1st is a Labour Day in Poland, so most of Poles take May1st, 2nd and 3rd off and usually it creates a really nice long May weekend for them.


Constitution Day is part of a holiday season known as Majówka, which also includes the May 1/Labor Day holiday. It is celebrated with military parades, spring concerts and family picnics. Many people also gather at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza) at the Piłsudski Square in Warsaw. The monument is dedicated to unknown soldiers who gave their lives for Poland.

On May 3, 1791, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s constitution was adopted. It was the first constitution in modern Europe and second in the world, following the American one. It was a significant achievement of the Polish Enlightenment thinkers.

May 3 was established as a holiday only days after the constitution was passed by the Grand Sejm (Polish Parliament). It was later suspended for many years due to the country’s partitioning, but was reinstituted after Poland regained its freedom in 1918. After World War II, in 1946, the communist authorities banned the holiday’s public celebration. The holiday was officially cancelled in 1951. Since 1990 the May 3 holiday has again been celebrated as an official statutory holiday in Poland.

The commemoration of the Constitution of 3rd of May is a very patriotic one. This is a symbol that this nation achieved something when together its people worked and united for their country. Courageous and controversial decisions had to be made (the limiting of the power of one group of people and increasing the influence of another). This was the only way that a modern and strong country could be created and this is why this date was so symbolic for Polish people during all the 123 years when Poland was under the rule of Prussian, Russian and Austrian invaders (1795-191, then the Nazi occupation (1939-45) and finally the Russian occupation (1945-1989). This day as well as the history of the 3rd May Constitution 1791was banned for many years and not officially celebrated. Now we remember that on that day certain decisions and people created a great country and we can be proud of our part in the building of European democracy and in the establishment of the concept of the rights of the individual. And we can all celebrate 3rd May at festivities, historical presentations, parades and concerts.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)