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Why Are Finland's Schools Successful?

Why Are Finland's Schools Successful?
It was the end of term at Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, a sprawling suburb west of Helsinki, when Kari Louhivuori, a veteran teacher and the school’s principal, decided to try something extreme—by Finnish standards. One of his sixth-grade students, a Kosovo-Albanian boy, had drifted far off the learning grid, resisting his teacher’s best efforts. The school’s team of special educators—including a social worker, a nurse and a psychologist—convinced Louhivuori that laziness was not to blame. So he decided to hold the boy back a year, a measure so rare in Finland it’s practically obsolete. Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. This 13-year-old, Besart Kabashi, received something akin to royal tutoring. Years later, a 20-year-old Besart showed up at Kirkkojarvi’s Christmas party with a bottle of Cognac and a big grin.

Sources of illumination Characterised by creativity and attuned to the needs of their age, the first European universities have important lessons for higher education today, says Miri Rubin As a historian of the Middle Ages, I am frequently asked about the links between universities then and now. Given the momentous changes that are affecting modern-day institutions of higher education and that touch the lives of so many people - students, parents, teachers, employers - such questions have become more frequent and more urgent, too. All historians (especially those of us who focus on more ancient times) delight in pointing out parallels between "our" period and the present.

Finland's schools flourish in freedom and flexibility At Meri-Rastila primary school in a suburb of Helsinki, pupils shake the snow off their boots in the corridors, then peel them off and pad into class in socks. After a 45-minute lesson, they're out in the playground again. The Finnish school day is short and interspersed with bursts of running around, shrieking and sledging outdoors. Children start when they're older, the year they turn seven and there is no pressure on them to do anything academic before then.

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What is the key to a successful education system? 7 February 2013Last updated at 04:24 ET By Caroline McClatchey BBC News Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to change the primary and secondary school curriculums in England. He has said he wants pupils to be taught a "core knowledge" of facts and figures. He wants them to be able to recite their times tables, punctuate a sentence correctly and list capitals of the world. The education systems in Hong Kong, Finland, and South Korea are often lauded as among the best in the world, scoring highly in international league tables. 11 Ways Finland’s Education System Shows Us that “Less is More”. When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons. I expected to have great new ideas on how to teach my mathematics curriculum and I would revamp my lessons so that I could include more curriculum, more math and get students to think more, talk more and do more math. This drive to do more and More and MORE is a state of existence for most teachers in the US….it is engrained in us from day one.

Our Universities: Why Are They Failing? by Anthony Grafton The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get The College Education You Paid For by Naomi Schaefer Riley Ivan R. How do you teach creativity? Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 am by Tanner Christensen If we look at creative thinking as the act of coming up with new ideas (new to the thinker, not necessarily to the world at large), what’s the best way to teach that ability? Is it something you can even teach? The best possible answer – which I’m going to touch on a lot this year on Creative Something – is undoubtedly “Yes!” You can teach creative thinking, but it’s not about teaching arts or expression necessarily, it’s more about teaching students to be curious and how to ask good questions.

Are MOOCs the Future of Online Learning? Teaching Strategies Arienne McCracken In education, we often hear arguments in favor of smaller class sizes.

C'est un article un petit peu long mais bien malgré tout, qui explique les raisons du succès finlandais dans leur système d'éducation en le comparant avec celui des Etats-Unis. by colinou Nov 26