written by Todd Beach Have you ever read the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? The author, Robert Fulghum, composed a poem of simple yet essential lessons ...
In reading Finnish Lessons what was most apparent to me is that there is very little which is revolutionary surrounding the profound success of the Finnish education system. The ideas applied surround a shared set of values, which are embraced by the Finnish people. Indeed the ideas are simple and modest, similar to the tenets proposed by All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
The Finns are a modest people who readily accept their responsibility to care for and educate their children. When the Finnish Minister of Education was asked if their goal from the outset was to become the best in the world, she replied, “For us, its enough to be ahead of Sweden.”
But what may be most ironic about the Finnish phenomenon is that many of the pedagogical changes, which teachers adapted and incorporated into their planning and instruction were developed, practiced and researched in the United States. And here we are today looking at the Finns with education envy.
Via Ulla M. Saikku