Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wisdom from Finland

Everyone is talking about Finland!  Their school model includes supporting the highest caliber teachers and not rushing children into academics.  There is time for play and exploration.  A Finnish education minister says, "We don’t measure children at all. It’s about being ready to learn and finding your passion.”  And lo and behold, the students do really well. 

Several years ago a Finnish student-teacher came to Parker for 3 months.  Kaisa Kukkonen's smile and enthusiasm inspired everyone she met.  She exemplified an education that bred independence, joy, and exuberance for learning.  She found Parker to be a lot like her elementary school in Finland.

Here is a New York Times article: From Finland, an Intriguing School-Reform Model.  See if you think Kaisa was on to something!

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