Why trust a Finn?
It is not rare for the Finnish education system to be praised at the news. Whether it is the high scores in PISA results, excellent teachers or the equality of education.
The question remains: why should other countries follow the lead and adapt to the Finnish system? Well, the short answer is that they shouldn’t. On the other hand, adapting some of the pedagogy, approaches and methods, and fusing them into the local system – now that makes
Yes, there is a curriculum to follow as a teacher – however the teachers in Finland have a lot of independency followed by a whole lot of responsibility. In general, performance is not observed nor graded – instead there are annual feedback session between the teacher and the student as well as the parents. The parents are greatly involved in the progress and development of the child. This is how the learning is seen as an entirety, a lifelong commitment to learn and develop. The teacher’s asses each student, evaluate their individual learning ability and see them as unique cases – instead of a blank canvas where the curriculum is forced upon to.
Play it out!
One of the major differences between the Finnish Early Childhood Education & Care ideology and the rest of the world, is the approach to learning methods. By no means this is the only difference within the education methods, but surely it is an interesting one.
Learning through play has been proven to be effective and the fundaments of it, is that it is tailored to the age and development of a child.
”Much of the early childhood education and care in Finland centers around play, free discovery, collaboration, interaction, own initiative, concentration, and learning to take responsibility for one’s own actions. ECEC in Finland emphasizes the so-called soft skills of balanced growth and taking others into account, over quantifiable metrics.”
Finnish expertise is available overseas these days – however one must identify that changes in such profound matters do not happen overnight. Huippu Education Ltd. has entered the Middle East markets and has introduced an ideology of Curriculum Fusion – a way to bring elements of the renown Finnish pedagogy to a local context. For a school to seek this opportunity, they need to be open minded, ready to hand over some responsibility to the teachers from the management and to have the willingness to involve the parents as well as to really see the children as individuals and address that in daily practices.
I must thank you Anna Eghaghara for being a part of the project Educational REFORMS in India and making us aware of this new system of education. Hope the educators will get some new innovative ways to teach and would like to see you in India in future to bring out a change in lives of students and revolution in teaching learning process
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