Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #55
The title says it all here: How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing?
Here is why - they not only build innovation into their schools, but they also structure their schools around the way innovation and creativity actually happen (and for the most part it doesn't happen by sitting quietly in rows listening to a teacher drone on).
The other way: One of the ways the Finnish education system accomplishes this is by giving individual teachers greater autonomy in teaching to the needs of their classes, rather than a top-down, test-based system.
How nice would that be to have back in our schools?