In Finland, Learning Matters More Than Education – The Atlantic

Make sure that you take a look at the video at the bottom of the article. What will education look like in 100 years?
  • tags: Finland education LifelongKindergarden

    • Too often, I see high-school students break down in tears over grades or pile on advanced and AP classes because “that’s what colleges want to see.”

    • In fact, a recent survey of a nationally representative sample of 22,000 high-school students conducted by Marc Brackett at Yale indicated that high-school students felt stressed 80 percent of the time.

    • Some companies such as Deloitte no longer require college degrees at all—even for professional positions.

    • And if that weren’t enough proof that traditional paths to career success can be misleading, seldom do current measures of high-school success guarantee success in college. I

    • according to a Gallup poll of high-school students, the No. 1 measure of college success is a sense of hope for the future.

    • In fact, according to a separate Gallup survey, 79 percent of elementary-aged children feel engaged in school, while only 43 percent of high-schoolers do.

    • Even in Finland, many high-school students still find school boring, but Finland takes the issue of student boredom seriously. Recently, the country has begun a reform to rid high-schools of mandatory subjects altogether, leaning instead on “phenomenon-based” curriculum.

    • There are schools in America doing play and learning for learning’s sake very well, and not only in elementary schools.

    • I’ve seen examples of secondary classrooms in my home state where teachers place students’ humanity and personal needs ahead of academic achievement.

    • At the beginning of last year, the faculty at the school set up a simulated plane crash with an actual plane outside its building, while each village took on the necessary roles to manage the crisis.

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