List25. What Do Fairy Tales Teach Our Children? When we debate the healthiness of fairy tales and Disney movies, are we missing the point about what our children really need?
A few years ago, the parents of a little girl in my class underwent an unpleasant divorce. I thought the child was handling it relatively well until I read her poem assignment for class. “Leave me alone in my fairy tale bubble / away from your harsh words,” she’d written. Personally, I carry a healthy amount of feminist skepticism about the lessons that fairy tales teach young girls. In the pre-Katniss days when I grew up, many girls looked for inspiration elsewhere.
These stories, like the recent Cinderella, can validate the wrong lessons: be silent in the face of injustice; wait for a man to save you; if a girl is just pretty and kind enough, her life will work out. Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different. In a quiet classroom adorned with the joyful creations of small children, Ville Sallinen is learning what makes Finland’s schools the envy of the world.
Sallinen, 22, is teaching a handful of eight-year-olds how to read. He is nearing the end of a short placement in the school during his five-year master’s degree in primary school teaching. Viikki teacher training school in eastern Helsinki describes itself as a laboratory for student teachers. Here, Sallinen can try out the theories he has learned at the university to which the school is affiliated. It’s the equivalent of university teaching hospitals for medical students. The school’s principal, Kimmo Koskinen, says: “This is one of the ways we show how much we respect teaching. Welcome to a country where teaching is a highly prized profession. Finland is going through a deep economic crisis, and there are financial pressures on schools, just as there are on the rest of the public sector.
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Here is what it’s like trying to get a job right now. You’ve racked up your college loans, worked hard to get your degree and polished your LinkedIn profile. You’re ready to impress a potential employer with your qualifications and your drive. But then come the questions. True or False: Who, What, Why: Is this the perfect size of carry-on air luggage? A global standard for the size of aeroplane hand luggage has been suggested, to avoid passenger confusion and speed up travel.
Would it work and will it happen, asks Justin Parkinson. It's a pain for passengers. Ramming a bag into a luggage-size gauge before boarding a plane, and facing a fine if it doesn't fit, can lead to angry outbursts. To add to the frustration and confusion, airlines have different standards. But the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has devised an "optimum" for cabin luggage. It recommends 55 x 35 x 20 cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches), meaning "that theoretically everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger". The change will "help to iron out inconsistencies and lead to an improved passenger experience", says Tom Windmuller, IATA's senior vice-president for airport, passenger, cargo and security. "The revolution's already happened," says David Learmount, consulting editor at Flight Global magazine.
Can Reading Make You Happier? Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence.
I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of being given a reading “prescription.” I’ve generally preferred to mimic Virginia Woolf’s passionate commitment to serendipity in my personal reading discoveries, delighting not only in the books themselves but in the randomly meaningful nature of how I came upon them (on the bus after a breakup, in a backpackers’ hostel in Damascus, or in the dark library stacks at graduate school, while browsing instead of studying). But the session was a gift, and I found myself unexpectedly enjoying the initial questionnaire about my reading habits that the bibliotherapist, Ella Berthoud, sent me. Bibliotherapy is a very broad term for the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect.
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