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For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
Pasi Silander, the city’s development manager, explained: “What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life.
“Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed.
“We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”
Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.
More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.
Many of the forerunners of Therapeutic Boarding Schools (called Emotional Growth Schools then) used this concept - called Theme teaching then. It does seem to break down the artificial boundaries between narrow subjects to give a wider perspective. I presume like anything else, it can be abused or misapplied. -Lon
As a parent, you want your child to know you've got their back, especially when they become teenagers. They need to know they can always rely on their parents to guide them to safety - New Zealand Herald
Over involved parents seem to be widespread. :( -Lon
Ian was sitting at his usual place during what his parents had decreed was his nightly homework time. But he had his chair turned away from his open books and calculator, and he was removing the fourth raw hot dog from the package. He gingerly placed it sideways on the...
Gee, his advice sounds much like what our grandparents did by instinct, and before a cottage industry developed in how to raise kids. :) -Lon
A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.
Although this article is for pre-schoolers, the same thing applies to adolescents (need help with Emotional Learning). That was the whole purpose in the 1980s of what was called "Emotional Growth Schools," the predecessors of the modern "Therapeutic Boarding Schools." -Lon
In the fall of 2014, the law firms of Barnhill & Galand P.C., Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, and Psych-Appeal, Inc. filed a class action suit, Craft et al. v. Health Care Service Corporation, on behalf of an adolescent struggling with anorexia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder whose claims for residential treatment were categorically denied following nine psychiatric hospitalizations. Residential treatment is often the most appropriate, if not the only suitable level of care for individuals with chronic mental health or substance use disorders, which are frequently under-diagnosed and under-treated.
This might eventually mean two things. 1. Easier to get insurance payment for Residential Treatment. 2. Insurance premiums will go up because of an increase in claims. -Lon
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An alternative exists in a therapeutic boarding school model. Founded by Ray Travaglione in South Carolina, MindStream Academy is producing results that are surpassing weight loss surgery for the treatment of obesity in kids grades 6-12 and providing an atmosphere of intervention, immersion, reinvention and sustainability. ..
Students learn best when their differences are understood and accepted, when appropriate accommodations are made available and, most importantly, when their strengths as learners are defined, affirmed, and cultivated. Our approach – respecting differences and building on strengths – is vital for students who learn differently and may well serve as a successful model for educating all students, in all schools.
As Salza says, this ability to accommodate to individual student differences is not good just for student with learning differences, but to all students and the resources, technology and knowledge exists to do this in mainstream schools also. -Lon