"If we look at other countries that top the US in the international metric, it seems we’re trying to catch up to them by doing the opposite of what they’re doing. In Finland, for example, formal, direct instruction doesn’t begin until age 7. In the preschools and kindergartens that preface that, you won’t find the country’s next crop of top students drilling through flashcards or poring over worksheets. More likely, you’ll see them singing, playing, and painting. In Finland, the focus for early education is on learning how to learn. Children are encouraged to experience, explore, and play. The Finns value the development of curiosity and social competency in the early years. They know that the “academics” will come more easily later if the foundation is there. It seems that while we’re in a rush to give our kids too much too soon, Finland is actually getting ahead by starting later."
we seem to do everything backwards in american public education…
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