In Finland School isn’t compulsory until the age of seven. Should Australia follow their lead?
There are no national tests, no rankings, no inspections, no selective schools and very few private schools, shares SBS news.
For every 45 minutes of learning, students enjoy 15 minutes of play.
“Learning should be fun”, says Kristiina Volmari from the Finnish National Agency for Education. “We let children be children for as long as possible.”
The Finnish national curriculum is deliberately broad and focuses on individual improvement and advancement rather than collective assessment.
“We want our teachers to focus on learning, not testing. We do not, at all, believe in ranking students and ranking schools,” Ms Volmari says.
“In Finland, having happy children is the most important thing, we want to bring back the joy of learning. When you go to schools here, you see happy, active and engaged pupils.”
Parents also play a big role in their child’s learning. Read more on their education beliefs HERE on SBS.com.au
A WA study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, raised concerns recently that children are being misdiagnosed with ADHD and medicated for what could simply be age-related immaturity, because Australian kids start school far too early.
“Allowing parents to decide when their child is ready for school, could prevent misdiagnosis,” lead researcher Dr Martin Whitely said.
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