The Free Lands of the Selkie have an extensive educational system, which is one of the expressions of Selkie Culture, preferring to make students wise and knowledgeable, not shoving data into their heads until they explode.
There are two authorities to school: The Temple Schools teach in accordance to the rules set forth by the Cult they belong to, which usually order the adoption of the Code of Education, and the City Schools, who write the Code of Education. This Code is the foundation of the educational system of the Free Lands, worked out by the Council of Cities every year and basically being the syllabus and educational canon. Many schools have school uniforms.
The school year starts a week after the Spring Festival, usually the 27th of March, and ends two weeks before the Winter Solstice, usually on the 7th or 8th of Decembre. There are free days strewn all over the school year, most having to do with religious festivities, but other then those, there are no breaks except for the three months between Winter Solstice and the Beginning of Spring. The spring semester for university students begins on the 27th of March as well, ending at the end of July, with the autumn semester beginning in August and ending in Decembre, around the 7th or 8th.
The school year begins two days after the Spring Festival (usually 20th of March), celebrating the beginning of Spring, with the Induction Ceremony (usually on the 22nd of March) and practically ends two weeks before the Winter Solstice (usually 21st of Decembre), thus beginning three months of holidays.
In return, Selkie-School knows only singular free days except in case of Harvest Time (one week holiday).
Temple schools usually encompass all levels of education. Two of the most well-known schools in the Free Lands is the Iris Boarding School Complex near Fortham and the Binn Boarding School Complex near Launceston. Also a school of a bit of renown is the Droichid Island Boarding School Complex on Droichid Island, mostly for bringing forth a number of artists.
- Age Group: 6 to 10 Springs.
- Years: Cubs, , and Scribes.
- Age Group: 11 to 15 Springs.
Junior High School
There has been the proposal of a Junior High School, covering the times of 13 to 15 Springs, but those plans never took off.
- Age Group: 16 to 18 Springs.
- Years: Cherries/Freshmen, , Seniors.
University or Apprenticeship?
- Age Group: 18/19 Springs onward.
The Free Lands have five Universities, the University of Fortham, the University of Silverport, the University of Leuda, the University of Launceston and the University of Wembury.
The largest of them is the University of Leuda, known for its Economic Programs and the Faculty of History and Archeology, mostly due to their two most well-known employees, Professor Celina Ollamh of the Tribe of Monaghan and Deirdre Ciste of the Tribe of Fermanagh, a treasure hunter and archaeologist in their service.
The University of Silverport is mostly known for its engineering program and its close cooperation with Silverport Dockyards Limited,
The University of Fortham is known for its medical faculty, agronomy and the social sciences, which are practiced there, especially philosophy and history. The Fortham School has their origin in the lecture halls and seminar rooms of the UoF. The UoF also has a strong University Sports Section, headed by their swimmer team under Kiah Cíochach of the Tribe of Navan.
The University of Launceston is specialized in Marine Biology and Arctic Studies with ideal access to the Northern Islands.
The University of Wembury is the smallest university,
The Universities of Leuda, Silverport and Launceston share the ownership over the Caorthann-class Polar Research Vessel Caorthann, which is homeported in Launceston. The Univeristy of Launceston also owns one Dair-class Fisheries Research Vessel, the Fairtheoir, which operates in the Oileánra-Archipelago.
The universities in the Free Lands have three semesters a year, the Spring Semester lasting from the beginning of April to the end of June with July being free, the Summer Semester lasting from the beginning of August to the end of October with November being free and from the beginning of December to the end of February, with March being free. Over the entire time, there are specific Festivals, which are marked by a week or two free, for example Cailleach's Feast in December or the Harvest Festivals in September.
In the end, however, one never ceases to learn.
One special place has the Naval School, the school established and maintained by the SDF-Navy. It incorporates all levels of education from Elementary School to University Degree in a military academy.
The Younger Militias
- See Main Article: Younger Militia.
One of the integral parts of the educational systems is the Younger Militia, founded in accordance with an ancient law of High King Liam the Fighter, who made a decree allowing the towns and cities to raise militias and, in addition to that, that:
- Every child learning the arts of numbers and signs is to learn to wield spear and shield.
At the time, that usually meant boys of well-off families, not girls, but the foundation was laid for the raising of the Younger Militias of every city and town,
It is worth to note, that the Younger Militia is not expected to fight anymore, their purpose being of ceremonial nature, for example when greeting a guest of state of high rank, or as additional manpower in case of natural desaster.
Subjects include History, Physical Education/Sports (including the militia drills), Grammar Class/Language, Literature and Poetry, English (mandatory), Mathematics, Sciences (in some places separated to make the subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Music, Art, Geography (although that is only taught in elementary school), Religious Sciences and at least one more foreign language.
Additional foreign languages offered usually include German, which is mostly taken, Italian or French.
On Saturday, students interested may take Elective Classes, usually things like elaborations on the Sciences, Home Economics, or other things depending on the school.
Method of foreign language teaching
Selkie Teachers love to teach foreign languages by song, usually either translations or versions of Selkie-Songs, but it is not unheard of for teachers to use some of their favourite musicians from abroad, as long as he or she has songs, that can be used for this purpose.
Foreign Language German
In the 18th and 19th centuries, German became the language of the scholars due to many of them using German texts as their reference, knowledge of the language even becoming mandatory in some subjects (like medicine). That diminished over the course of the 19th century's second half, but the language remained it's image as a scholars' language into modern times, despite several other programs being opened.
After School Clubs
After school's finished, students may join an After School Club, musical and athletic ones being the most common and popular.
Breaks from school are usually from the First Snow, a holiday celebrated in Early Decembre, to the day after the Spring Festival and for the Harvest Weeks, two weeks in Septembre, during Harvest Season. All in all, roundabout four months in winter and two weeks in late summer are all the breaks students usually get.