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Monday, March 03, 2008

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Erika Rathje

The article didn't mention that not only is post-secondary school free, students often stay students for a long time because they receive payments to support rent and living. That sounds like good incentive to excel and make real goals.

One of my Finnish cousins learned five languages! (That's three in addition to their official two.) In my high school, kids who couldn't handle basic FSL French went on to butcher German. No classes churned out fluency in either language.

Tom Hanson

At OpenEducation.net we discussed three key factors that we could implement here in America that appear to be relevant to the Finnish students' success:

http://www.openeducation.net/2008/03/10/several-lessons-to-be-learned-from-the-finnish-school-system/

One of those three reasons was in fact the opportunity for free higher education and the chance to level the socioeconomic playing field within their society. Perhaps your readers would find our post interesting.

Tom Hanson
Editor
OpenEducation.net


Charlene Smith

As places like Toronto's school boards are finding,they could use models like this to help ALL kids as they seem to be looking for suggestions to help them as they are finding they are NOT meeting the needs of way too many students.

Falling under the category of'gifted'I also know that kids are resented by students and teachers alike and that it makes the 'gifted'students ashamed of being smart which seems ridiculous to an adult but can be damaging as a kid.

I also don't like the 'one size fits all'approach to schooling as EVERYONE has strengths and weaknesses and EVERYONE learns differently and at different paces.

I would rather see schools work at helping to promote the interest and strengths of kids rather than just work on their weaknessess.

Not everyone can be Einstein but everyone can feel like him if school's would work to helping kids realize their interests and strengths rather than trying to make them become something they are not and have no interest in becoming.

Just my two cents though as I am a self directed learner.

Erika Rathje

I was in the gifted category as well but didn't really enjoy the gifted program. My problem was actually PE, throughout school, and I was forced to do more than I was capable of. Meanwhile I was bored to death in much of elementary school English classes, and in early French FSL because I'd been in French Immersion, yet in both instances teachers never acknowledged that I was way ahead so I was just wasting my time instead of learning... or helping others!

Charlene Smith

I can remember being in school and being chapters ahead of other kids.

I was told to read instead of getting too far ahead of the other kids.

My reading level in grade 1 alone was mind boggling.

It was where I read the Diary of Anne Frank and kept reading the library out of books.

On more than one occassion,I was actually challenged by a teacher,that there was no way I could possibly be reading and doing my work that quickly or right or that I could even possibily comprhend what I was reading.

That is why I believe so strongly that a kid's education should be tailored to THEIR needs rather than a one size fits all approach.

I believe we would have a more educated population and it would reach the kids the current system is failing.

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