LiiNK Blog: Want More or Want Better?
By: Dr. Debbie Rhea, 2012 My experiences over the past six weeks have led me to think about what people want in an educational system. What does it take to create a strong, reliable system that will promote learning, respect, and social responsibility? What I’ve seen in Finland is a system that wants better without • Read More »
LiiNK Blog: Sports and Culture – The Vision
By: Dr. Debbie Rhea, 2012 My week has been full of many different facets of experiences related to the Finnish educational system. I started off Monday observing in a traditional grades 1-6 school, Tuesday and Wednesday at a grades 1-9 school, Thursday at Espoo with the preschool children in the forest, and today I was • Read More »
LiiNK Blog: High Respect for Teachers in Finland
By: Dr. Debbie Rhea, 2012 I have found that teachers and professors are very highly respected in Finland. All teachers have to have a master’s degree before they can enter the classroom or the gymnasium to teach. At the elementary level, the classroom teacher is prepared to teach the content areas and one of the • Read More »
LiiNK Blog: Crossroads for the U.S.
By: Dr. Debbie Rhea The United States has steadily dropped in reading, math, and science status for the past 20 years and presently muddles along in the middle of the pack on National and global assessments (Hancock, 2011), even though we continue to throw more money at schools and teach more and more to specific • Read More »