i like this evolution of learning systems and i am hoping more countries would re-examine theirs – not simply to follow what Finland is doing, but to readjust their systems to the needs and styles of their modern learner… if i am not mistaken, it is also in Finland where they teach coding (computer programming) to young children in the elementary grades…
I (Clare) read a fabulous article, Happy Teaching, Happy Learning: 13 Secrets to Finland’s Success in Education Week. http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/06/24/ctq_faridi_finland.html?tkn=XTXDqgQYqARkH8OSadND1VkL5PvV%2BGHkxJFc&intc=es
A teacher, Sophia Faridi, visited schools in Finland where she was so impressed:
Perhaps what struck me most about schools in Finland was the relevant, genuine learning taking place right before my eyes. For example, I had the chance to sit down with a group of high school seniors working on a project examining U.N. extradition trials. Without any teacher present, students were engaged simply because the subject was important to them.
She identified 13 features of this remarkable school system.
1. A heavy emphasis on play.
2. No high-stakes standardized testing.
4. Schools don’t compete with one another.
5. Out-of-this-world teacher prep programs.
6. Personal time is highly valued.
7. Less is more.
8. Emphasis on quality of life.
9. Semi-tracked learning.
10. National standards are valued.
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