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What Finland can teach China about education – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs | #finnedchat

What Finland can teach China about education – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs | #finnedchat | Finland | Scoop.it

Editor's Note: Jiang Xueqin is a deputy principal at Peking University High School and the director of its International Division. The following post was originally published in The Diplomat, a stellar international current-affairs magazine...

 

First is Finland’s pre-kindergarten system, in which children as young as nine months-old can attend until they are six. In each class, four university-educated teachers supervise about twenty children as they play sports, eat meals, and sleep together. This voluntary and pay-as-you-can daycare may seem costly, but it’s the best investment a society can make if it wants to ensure equality of opportunity for its children...

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What Finland Shows China, U.S. | China Power

What Finland Shows China, U.S. | China Power | Finland | Scoop.it
The U.S. and Chinese education systems seem to be converging. Both could learn something from Finland.

 

Instead of emulating the worst tendencies in each other, the U.S. and China would benefit from studying Finland’s education system. Writing in the Atlantic, New York-based Finnish journalist Anu Partanen argues that Finland’s education achievements derive from its focus on compassion and equality, not on competition and excellence. She criticizes America’s system of private schools, its use of standardized testing to sort students, and the trend towards “accountability,” and thus the Ivy League values of competition, testing, and elitism...

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