DUMP DUNCAN, RHEE & KLEIN AND LET THE FINNS TEACH US HOW TO RUN OUR SCHOOLS
Finnish kids only graduate from the kindergarten sandpit to the primary school at age 7. Their schooldays remain short, often ending as early as midday or one o'clock, and their 10-week summer holidays must be the envy of kids all over the world. All in all, Finnish pupils spend an OECD record low total of some 5,523 hours at their desks, compared to the average of 6,847 hours. . .
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Looking after low achievers The Finnish system is designed along egalitarian principles, with few fee-paying private schools, and very little streaming of pupils into different schools or classes according to their exam results. . .
Karen Utley. Statesman Journal - Educators from around the world are fascinated by the success of Finnish schools. With dropout rates of about 7 percent, top scores on international tests and students who transition into one of the most productive work forces in the world, Finnish education is impressive.
Visitors to Finland in search of its educational secrets discover relaxed, cooperative classrooms, strong early emphasis on math, science and languages - physics and chemistry in middle school, and proficiency in Finnish, English and Swedish by the seventh grade - and high-quality, creative teaching.
Americans notice particularly the absence of some favorite strategies: early childhood education (Finnish kids start school at age 7), restrictive rules (no tardy bells, no school uniforms), continuous standardized testing (high school students don't even experience standardized tests until they take exit exams at age 18.)
One of my daughters-in-law is Finnish and is a graduate of
She assured me that Finnish teenagers are quite similar to American kids - not necessarily more bookish or less rebellious. She reported that Finnish parents allow their children much more unsupervised independence at younger ages than is common in the
Perhaps it is because teachers are encouraged to think for themselves that so many talented people in