Monday, April 28, 2014

Let's go back to Finland

Early intervention and sustained individual support for every student are keys to educating the whole child in Finnish schools.
Some interesting facts (from Edutopia):
- Teachers in Finland are well-trained and highly respected, and recruited from the top 10% of graduates
- Because of the flexible national core curriculum that functions as a framework, Finnish teachers are able to design their own curriculum and choose their own textbooks
- Finnish schools provide a broad array of services, including a hot meal for every student daily, health and dental care, and psychological guidance.
- About 40% of students in Finnish secondary schools receive some kind of special intervention (special teachers are assigned to students who need extra help and then provide it)
- Upper secondary schools in Finland employ a modular structure that enables students to design their own learning programs based on their individual needs and interests

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