Can We Learn From Finland’s Education?

Since the 1970s, Finland has taken a serious approach to educate students, and today, that country still enjoys top ratings. What Finland did was to have highly competent teachers, foster early childhood education, allow schools the autonomy to address local needs by decentralizing administration, and guaranteed a uniform and free education for all students. What has been found is Finnish students score higher than most of their peers on international assessment tests, although they do not have much homework and tests. In addition to the core curriculum, much emphasis is places on music, the arts, and outdoor activities.

This is information that may be of interest to us ad we discuss our educational priorities going forward.

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A Few Parental Impact Tips

I believe that we can all agree that parenting teenagers is not easy. If it were, this would be a happy world with many happy families enjoying the presence of teenage children as they grow into their purpose in life. Sadly though, today’s teenagers are witnessing a variety of incidents across societies that alarm and confuse. They cannot believe that the patterns of adult life is what they must aspire to and they are unclear about what to do in a world that seems to have no sense of a good future. The revelations of bad behaviours among governmental and religious leaders, the erosion of trust among teacher/student relationships, the absence of fathers in the home resulting in mothers being thrust into the role of raising children on their own, and so much more.

So the question for many teenagers becomes a simple: What do we do when there seems to be no moral compass to guide their path? Yet, in the midst of this seeming chaos, there are candles of hope, parents who have avoided many challenges that destroy too many teenagers. They recognize that their actions must always speak louder than their words; that they are better showing what to do and how to live, rather than talking about it or entering into verbal condemning of teenage misdeeds.

As we keep in mind that there is nothing easy about parenting, we can still find some things that develop and nurture good relationships with teenage children. Here’s something that parents find to be very effective — Write a letter to your teenage children. In the letter, say how proud you are of them, how excited you are that they are a part of your family, and how wonderful it is to see how they are planning their future. Speak about the facts of your own teenage life, that it was not without its mistakes. That will undoubtedly take away the false notion that they have to be “perfect”. Too many teenagers are suffering under the burden of trying to live without making mistakes. It is such a needless burden and we need to take it off the backs of teenagers.

Let your teenagers know that you support them 100% in their development and that you are always on the ready to help them with questions that they may have and to provide guidance.

Do not hesitate to tell your teens that you love them. Yes, it seems simple; it might even seem trite, to you, but, the teenagers, word are very powerful. They may not mention it, but they like to know that they are love, they are valued, that you are happy to have them in your family.

Do you really believe that we learn from our mistakes? Yes, you say? Then when you teens make mistakes, do not take out your frustration or disappointment on them. That may be hard to do, but, it is what you must do. What your teen do may be embarrassing, like becoming pregnant or getting another person pregnant. It is not the end of the world, nor, is it the first of its kind. Do you know other people who have made big mistakes, and many of them are not making tremendous contributions to life? Show love in the heart of the mistake. Better not to talk but to embrace and give assurance that you are there to help them through.

Just a few tips to make that change in the life of your teens and vicariously, in your life as well. Love with purpose and passion.

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THE TEST OF TRUE LEADERSHIP

THE TEST OF TRUE LEADERSHIP IN OUR SCHOOLS

When teaching is inspirational, that is, teachers love what they do and understand the subject inside and out as well as having a good understanding of the students learning approaches, remarkable learning can be achieved. Both teaching and learning the research finds go hand in hand.

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Teachers who engage the students in a way that inspires them to learn, both the teachers and the students benefit from the experience. When a teacher understands what he or she is doing, realizes the value of the experience, and loves likes it, hardly anything that can hinder the process will prevail. Not that there aren’t situations and circumstances that may interfere with the process, but when the elements of meaning, love, value, and engagement are present teaching and learning can be a wonderful thrill.

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Well, that being said, we have the dulling effects of board policy, safety regimes, collective agreements, teacher preparation and the changing demographics of students the bring singular and collective challenges to the mix. Even now, with the fallout of unrest in the Middle East and the displacement of school age children, the art of teaching becomes more challenging. That can often be a bridge too far for teachers and students. Teachers need to be supported in ways that we did not anticipate and perhaps did not budget for. Here is where true leadership is tested.

 

WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT ADD/ADHD

Many parents have observed situations with their children or those of other people that they knew to be out of the ordinary and for which they had no explanation. While it is normal for some children to forget things, act in ways that are unbecoming and inappropriate, or appear overly restless, hyperactivity and acute inattention are a cause for concern. They signal a problem that requires the help of professionals promptly and intensely.

Children who show little to no control over their ability to sit quietly for extended periods of time, or who appear not to follow instructions at school or at home, or who speak out of turn or inappropriately are often described as lacking discipline, rude, or troublemakers.

Such children are likely to be suffering from either attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Each of these disorders is a very common and recognized behaviour difficulty that is showing up more frequently in homes and classrooms.

How this situation is dealt with can determine how a child learns, lives, and develops academically, socially, and takes on the circumstances of everyday experiences and interactions. Early diagnosis of the problem is critical to mitigating its effects and finding ways to cope with or control it.

Information about this problem is becoming more available. Ten to twenty years ago, how this problem was dealt with was very questionable as knowledge was scarce and adequate treatment virtually unknown.

More and more, parents and teachers and children themselves are become more aware of the symptoms of ADD and ADHD and more speedily attention is being paid to providing supports to help deal with the problem. In addition, schools are providing training for teachers to work effectively with students and to develop the social environments suitable for academic success.

Like everything else, funds are being made available to support research and development to discover the causes of ADD and ADHD and available treatments for affected individuals and ways for their siblings and parents to cope.

It is believed that well over a third of every classroom may have students that suffer from attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactive disorder. It must be realized that this disease stems from functions or dysfunctions within the brain. Sufferers are not in total control of what is happening to them. In fact, they are acting and reacting to messages from the brain just as everyone else is reacting to messages from the brain. The difference here is that the brain may be operating differently in the case of an individual with ADD or ADHD.

Parents and teachers can help by first recognising that there is a problem and that it needs to be addressed quickly and effectively.

  • Support the affected individual with the assurance that problem can be addressed
  • Show patience and understanding
  • Allow for space and opportunity for affected individuals move around and to attempt a variety of activities
  • Monitor diets; limit sugary and carbonated foods
  • Work closely with school officials to share information and move in the same direction
  • Seek out others with similar situations to share knowledge and find solutions

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