Interesting first person article on Finland's decline in their student test scores and how they are fighting back. Hint: it's not charter schools and Common Core.
It is doubling down on many of the things that made its schools great in the first place. Finland’s brand new National Core Curriculum emphasizes a child’s individuality and says “children have the right to learn by playing and experience joy related to learning.” It says they should be encouraged to express their opinions, trust themselves, be open to new solutions, learn to handle unclear and conflicting information, consider things from different viewpoints, seek new information and review the way they think. Teachers are directed to give students daily feedback and measure them against their starting points, not other students.Shades of Washington state, the latest editorial in the NY Times is about how the direction of public education in Kansas is now a major issue for their Supreme Court elections.
In a famous episode of Seinfeld, the long-failing George Costanza character achieved spectacular success by doing the total opposite of everything he had done before. Perhaps American public schools should consider following his example.
From the Washington Post, one more cautionary story about sexting - this one about a 7th grade girl. If you have given your child a cell phone, please have a serious talk with them about this issue. The pain for this girl in the story is palpable.
A thank-you and sad farewell on the news of children's author Anna Dewdney's passing this week. Many kids and parents laughed at her "Llama llama" books. She died at 50 of brain cancer.
The Board has its retreat tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm. After the discussion at yesterday's Executive Committee meeting yesterday about what they will talk about and when, I don't really recommend it as something to do. Director Peters is having her community meeting on Sunday, the 11th, at Magnolia Library from 1-3 pm.
What's on your mind?