Monday, 21 November 2011
Learning from Finland!
As England struggles to find a new education and learning framework, it is worth studying what is happening in Finland.
They recognise that talented teachers are everywhere and are committed to ensuring that every teacher’s talent is celebrated and developed. They use research, innovation and ideas working closely with universities and businesses. Teacher instruction is reduced to a minimum and there is considerable coaching, interaction and discussion between teacher and students recognizing that real learning only comes when the learner takes personal responsibility. Skills and competencies lie at the heart of the learning process. Students are not taught but discover it for themselves. Innovation and creativity are to be found in every classroom. Students are challenged to be global citizens and leaders. They spend 24 hours working in teams on challenges and entrepreneurial projects, and many run businesses at the same time as being in school.
Most importantly, throughout the Finnish Education System there is recognition that every child has talent and everyone is committed to ensuring that every child’s talent is recognised and developed.