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Ravitch: Why Finland’s schools are great (by doing what we don’t)

Ravitch:  Why Finland’s schools are great (by doing what we don’t) | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it
Education historian Diane Ravitch, writing about her trip to Finland, explains that the Finnish school system is amazing — even though students there don’t take a standardized test until their last year of high school.

Some points:

 

*teachers design their tests

*there's a national curriculum

*teaching is a respected career

* admission to teacher ed programs is competitive for 5 years of study

* schools are rich in arts, play & activity

* they say the secret is "trust" between parents and teachers and principals

* they have a strong social welfare system

* they don't understand merit pay and laack of master's degree for teachers

* they treat their children as valuable resource

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