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William Doyle: What Makes Finnish Schools So Successful?

on February 29, 2016

We could learn so much from Finland.
And I have a relative in Germany. Her two kids have so many opportunities there, including plenty of exposure to art, music, PE, hiking and walking in the woods, free play, cooking, and on and on.
I just wish children here had those same opportunities.

Diane Ravitch's blog

William Doyle recently returned from a Fulbright year in Finland, and he spent his year studying education. His own child attended a Finnish school.

He wrote about some of the lessons he learned in this article that appeared in the Hechinger Report.

Here is the big takeaway:

If you want results, try doing the opposite of what American “education reformers” think we should do in classrooms.
Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and loosened teacher qualifications, try warmth, collaboration, and highly professionalized, teacher-led encouragement and assessment.

When American reformers refer to “personalized learning,” they mean that every child should have his/her own laptop. Finnish teachers use the concept of “personalized learning,” but they mean person-to-person learning:

While the school has the latest technology, there isn’t a tablet or smartphone in sight, just a smart board and a teacher’s desktop.

Screens can only deliver simulations of personalized learning…

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