Finnish Schools

Here is an article from Mary Beth about Finnish schools. She said, “I loved the line a few paragraphs in, stating that there’s less homework, they engage the children in creative play, and no standardized tests …hmmm …sounds a little like what we are trying to do our CI-based classrooms!”

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-ignoring-about-finlands-school-success/250564/#.TwIURsoUctY.facebook

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2 thoughts on “Finnish Schools”

  1. What jumped out at me was: 1. no public schools in Finland, and 2. teachers being encouraged and trained to come up with their own personalized assessments–the opposite of standardized testing, but does a better job of assessing the skills that the standardized assessments were supposedly devised to do in the first place.

  2. This was an amazing article and I’ve shared it with our principal. Though a charter school, we are stuck with the assessment process demanded by the state because we accept federal money (which comes through the state).
    It is a shame. Our original intent was not to let the testing/accountability drive us as we envisioned more of the Finnish intent. But, here we are kowtowing to the standard regime.

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