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Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? | People & Places | Smithsonian Magazine
"Lawmakers landed on deceptively simple plan that formed foundation for everything to come. Public schools would be organized into 1 system of comprehensive schools…for ages 7-16. Teachers from all over nation contributed to national curriculum that provided guidelines, not prescriptions. Besides Finnish & Swedish…children would learn 3rd language…usually beginning at 9. Resources were distributed equally. As comprehensive schools improved, so did upper secondary schools…second critical decision came in 1979…reformers required every teacher earn 5th-year master’s degree…at state expense…effectively granted equal status w/ doctors & lawyers…By mid-80s, final set of initiatives shook classrooms free from last vestiges of top-down regulation. Control over policies shifted to town councils…ntnl curriculum distilled into broad guidelines…All children…taught in same classrooms…inspectorate closed doors in early ’90s, turning accountability & inspection over to teachers & principals"
education  schools  finland  learning  policy  history  schooldesign  curriculum  localcontrol  change  gamechanging  from delicious
september 2011 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Standards, Curriculum, Constitutions, Laws...
"One good analogy is that standards are like a constitution whereas curricula is like laws. There may be no objective dividing line between what can go in an constitutional amendment and a law, but at some point if you pile too much stuff (or not enough) into the constitution, your system stops working well. And if you put the national speed limit in the constitution and the right to free speech in a law, you're really screwed up. Especially if when people point out that the speed limit doesn't belong in the constitution they are accused of not wanting what's best for kids."
curriculum  tomhoffman  constitution  law  laws  control  specificity  localcontrol  education  policy  government  2010  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: The Goal of a Charter School
"If the charter movement as a whole is going to change these aggregate stats, they're going to have to purge the schools that lack a singular focus on achievement as measured by test scores, graduation rates and other placement stats. In fact, I'm getting the feeling that process is already starting. Whether that reflects the spirit of community initiative and innovation that launched the charter idea is another question."
sinister  tomhoffman  progressive  achievement  accountability  co-optingamovement  education  publicschools  purpose  mission  missionstatements  history  localcontrol  community  forprofit  charterschools 
july 2010 by robertogreco
A Fairy Tale? « Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
"reformers convinced best unis to waive admission requirements & accept grads from high schools that designed new programs...Dozens of schools joined experiment. Teachers, admins, parents & students created new courses & ways of teaching teens to become active members of community & still attend college. For 8 years, schools educated students & unis admitted grads...then war came & experiment ended...years passed, few could recall what these schools & colleges did...fairy tale? Nope. Btwn 1933-41, 30 HS...& 300+ colleges joined experiment sponsored by Progressive Ed Assoc...Evaluators found grads...earned slightly higher GPA & more academic honors...were more precise in thinking, displayed more ingenuity in meeting new situations, & demonstrated active interest in ntional & world issues...70 years ago...there was no one single best way of schooling teenagers...fears parents & taxpayers had about experimenting with HS courses, organization, & teaching proved hollow"
education  reform  larrycuban  progressive  tcsnmy  1930s  1940s  experiments  admissions  colleges  universities  research  localcontrol  learning  forgottenlessons  criticalthinking  evidence  unschooling  deschooling 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Otto Scharmer's Blog: split between 2.0 system and 3.0 reality [similar problems in Austria + I'm not fond of the numbering/version nomenclature]
"there is a deep split between the real practitioners of innovation in education on the one hand and the national political discourse on education on the other hand. most key innovation practitioners basically agree about what needed to change:
education  change  innovation  learning  austria  specialinterests  autonomy  politics  teaching  student-centered  relationships  localcontrol 
april 2010 by robertogreco

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