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The OECD’s PISA studies show Finnish students are among the best in the world in reading, math and science.
We, as teachers are frequently under the impression, that unless we control what children learn, we wouldn't have done our duties as teachers. At CERT we believe that giving the children enough flexibility to be creative and express their own ways of learning, is an imperative ingredient in the recipe for success and excellence. We need learners who are critical, reflective and show initiative. Rote learning, standardised tests, etc. are easy ways to have a silent classroom. Learning goes so much more beyond that.
"The reality in Canada, which is unfortunate in Dr. Sahlberg’s view, is that students are rewarded for competing against their peers, teachers are held accountable by their class’s performance on exams, and schools are compared through widely published standardized test results. Finland takes an alternative approach. Students receive only narrative evaluation instead of marks or grades until Grade 5. Thereafter, their grades rely on how they’ve performed relative to their individual potential rather than as compared to their classmates. “Teachers stress grades as little as possible,” Dr. Sahlberg says. “This means that students ‘compete’ against themselves, not one another.”"