How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system
Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and loosened teacher qualifications, try warmth, collaboration, and highly professionalized, teacher-led encouragement and assessment.
Here, as in any other Finnish school, teachers are not strait-jacketed by bureaucrats, scripts or excessive regulations, but have the freedom to innovate and experiment as teams of trusted professionals.
The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland
Children learn so well through play. They don’t even realize that they are learning because they’re so interested in what they’re doing.
Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily.
Țara în care nu treci clasa daca nu știi să înoți. Cum se adaptează românii: “Aici e normal să lași copiii singuri acasă”
Elevii nu pot trece în clasa a doua dacă nu înoată și nu patinează foarte bine, iar pâna termină ciclul primar știu să nu mai depindă de ajutorul părinților. În viziunea finlandeză, adulții trebuie să se concentreze la locul de muncă și mai puțin la ce se întâmplă acasă cu cei mici. În Finlanda, copiii din clasele primare se descurcă singuri, cât e ziua de lungă. Pleacă și vin neînsoțiți de la scoală, îșî pregătesc masa de prânz și sunt educați de sistem să fie pe picioarele lor, de la vârste fragede.
Finland’s Formula for School Success
Early intervention and sustained individual support for every student are keys to educating the whole child in Finnish schools(http://www.pearsonfoundation.org).
Why Education in Finland Works
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten visits schools in Finland to learn how they have ascended to the top in student achievement.
Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
There was a recent report saying that Finnish mums are the happiest in the world, and the box was one thing that came to my mind. We are very well taken care of, even now when some public services have been cut down a little
What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?
High-school students here rarely get more than a half-hour of homework a night. They have no school uniforms, no honor societies, no valedictorians, no tardy bells and no classes for the gifted. There is little standardized testing, few parents agonize over college and kids don’t start school until age 7.
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Education in Finland
In Finland high quality daycare and nursery-kindergarten are considered critical for developing the cooperation and communication skills necessary to prepare young children for lifelong education as well as formal learning of reading and mathematics.
Finnish early childhood education emphasizes respect for each child’s individuality and the chance for each child to develop as a unique person. Finnish early educators also guide children in the development of social and interactive skills, encourage them to pay attention to other people’s needs and interests, to care about others, and to have a positive attitude toward other people, other cultures, and different environments.