While other countries play, we rigorize.


An Ed model where students are valued as individuals and can learn in a relaxed, fun environment? What, what? And school starts at about age 7, too? Not three? You don’t say.


“Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted. Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than many U.S. children do (nearly 300 fewer hours per year in elementary school), and the lightest homework load of any industrialized nation. There are no gifted programs, almost no private schools, and no high-stakes national standardized tests.”

Yes, Finland starts school at 7. Before that children learn best at home or in a VOLUNTARY play based setting, playing. Their children spend less hours in school than any others. They have zero test prep. They aren’t sitting motionless at a desk. This is the absolute opposite of the rigors of common core and Duncan’s goal to get children in school full time, with extended hours, from age 3 on.


“Welcome to Siltamaki primary school in Helsinki – a school with 240 seven- to 12-year-olds – which has embraced Finland’s new learning style. Its principal, Anne-Mari Jaatinen, explains the school’s philosophy: “We want the pupils to learn in a safe, happy, relaxed and inspired atmosphere.”


“According to the OECD, Finnish children spend the fewest number of hours in the classroom in the developed world. This reflects another important theme of Finnish education. ”

Still think common core is just a work in progress? It’s the absolute wrong direction.

How are we emulating China when when China is moving away from this model of rigor and grit?

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/78501. China and America, on testing.

http://www.isacs.org/misc_files/Hammond%20article.pdf. Great test scores, bad schools.


So very backwards. And harmful.