The Finns

Some features of Finnish education and culture (Gamerman 2008):

– Parents of newborns receive government-paid packs of child-development materials that include books. Some libraries are attached to shopping malls. Book buses travel to remote towns so that everyone has access to books.

– Children do not start school until age seven.

– Finish students rarely do more than a half-hour of homework a night.

– There are no classes for the gifted. Much more emphasis is paid to those students who are behind grade level in reading.

– Finnish teachers have more freedom to design lessons to meet the needs of their students. One principal says, “In most countries, education feels like a car factory. In Finland, the teachers are entrepreneurs”.

Source: Readicide: How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it by Kelly Gallagher.

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