What makes Finland schools to great? Let’s just say, it’s very VERY different from U.S. public schools! A guest lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland enrolled his 7-year old son during their five month visit to Finland and what they found was very surprising.
According to his essay for the Los Angeles Times this week, William Doyle says there are no formal academics until age 7. Children receive a mandatory 15-minute free-play break every hour of every day. There is very little homework. Teachers are highly educated, compensated and respected. Most children get to walk or bike to school. And here’s our favorite, “”Finland doesn’t waste time or money on low-quality mass standardized testing. Instead, children are assessed every day, through direct observation, check-ins and quizzes by the highest-quality “personalized learning device” ever created — flesh-and-blood teachers.”
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