This is Why Finland is Changing their Education System Despite its Schools' Success
Countries all over the world look up to Finland because it's known for having a successful education system, and yet the nation is on a mission to change the traditional system of teaching and learning. Here's what they have planned out: (via independent.co.uk)
- "Teaching by topic" instead of "teaching by subject"
They're slowly getting rid of the idea of subject-specific lessons, like history and geography. Instead, they want to focus more on, say, "cafeteria services" for someone taking up a vocational course (which involves lessons in math, languages, writing, and communication skills), or topics such as the European Union for the more academic students (which will focus more on the history of the countries invloved as well as languages and geography).
- Diferrent teacher-student approach
Instead of the usual set up where students sit in the classroom while the teachers discuss the lesson or call on them for questions, the country is gearing towards a different approach when it comes to teaching and gaining knowledge. The students get to collaborate and work together to solve problems in small groups with fellow students and at the same time improve their communication skills.
This is all because they're preparing the students for the working life in the modern world.
"There are schools that are teaching in the old fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginnings of the 1900s, but the needs are not the same and we need something fit for the 21st century." - Marjo Kyllonen, education manager at Helsinki
With 70% of the Helsinki's high school teachers trained, it's without a doubt happening in 2020.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.