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Finland Has A Good Model?For Education

February 24, 2013

“Hall Elliot” (”Eighteen Districts Isn’t Best Option For Students,” The Post-Journal, Feb. 3) expressed concern, saying, “There has to be a ‘size’ [school district]......

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Thetruth

Feb-24-13 1:57 PM

I am always amused by this writer's articles. Let me first point out what she never tells you. She has no educational experience. She may have degrees, some time spent tutoring a few kids, and even been a board member, but no classroom experience. Yet through all this she wants the public to believe she is an expert. Anyone can sit on a computer and pull articles and site them in a letter. Numbers never tell the whole story. (Statistics 101). She never talks about her underlying motives. Her desire right now is to start a Charter school in which she will be in charge. Instead, she will try and point out all that is wrong with education. So I guess she has all the answers! If she wanted to really do herself a service, why not point out the bigger problems we face in education? A growing system where education is not a priority. A major problem with student attendance. A society where it is ok to disrespect athority. NO CONSEQUENCES.

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Thetruth

Feb-24-13 2:08 PM

An exploding welfare system where we are into 3rd and 4th generations of people who feel it is their right. So her answer. Finland. Last I looked around this was the United States. Why did she not include facts about Finland like they implemented huge reforms 40 years ago. Children don't start school unitl they are 7. No exams or homework until they become teens. 1 mandatory standardized test when they are 16. Classroom sizes half of the US. 43% go to vocational schools. Teachers spend about 4 hours a day in classroom and 2 hours a week on professional development. School systems 100% state funded. Teachers given same status as doctors and lawyers. Most important above all else stronger family bases with a value on education. Education starts at home-period.

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Monkeyboy

Feb-25-13 1:14 PM

If anyone remembers Ms. Nelson's recent rant in this paper about the need for prayer in public schools, you will understand why she will never get a Charter School approved. She has no respect for Supreme Court decisions separating church and state. Charter Schools are funded with taxpayer's money and the State Education Dept will never approve a state-funded school for her and her partner in this, Rev Mel.

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carlaw

Mar-06-13 6:42 AM

Bravo to thetruth and monkeyboy! There is no credibility with this letter writer.

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50s4ever

Apr-06-13 6:30 AM

Sports, multiculturalism, diversity,racism and inclusiveness. Demands of responsibility and accomplishment are branded racist and halted. That's why we are losers wasting huge amounts of money on "education". (truth-I think the word you wanted when lambasting someone's education was "cite")

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KateGladstone

Nov-01-13 1:40 PM

The article presents Finland's educational system as a good model: a defensible position, because the country scores #1 in international academic tests. What's stranger, though, is that the author claims that children must learn cursive in order to be educated. That WOULD surprise the Finns, whose national school model for handwriting is a semi-joined handwriting style that looks like print-writing: a style that most Americans don't call "cursive." Finland scores #1 academically. Finland doesn't teach cursive. This should be investigated.

Kate Gladstone - Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works

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