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  • To really learn, our children need the power of play

    To really learn, our children need the power of play

    Originally published in the Wall Street Journal by Pasi Sahlberg and William Doyle, Illustration by Greg Clarke, August 2019 Pasi Sahlberg came to the U.S. as a visiting professor at Harvard University, and William Doyle moved to Finland to study its world-renowned school system as a Fulbright scholar. We brought our families with us. And • Read More »

  • A three-point plan for healthier kids: play, play and more play

    A three-point plan for healthier kids: play, play and more play

    Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald by Pasi Sahlberg, November 2019 The biggest issues confronting parents these days all seem to have one common element: smart devices. We know for sure that children today suffer more mental health issues than generations before. We also know that kids now sleep much less than they should, • Read More »

  • Teachers Withholding Recess as Punishment Does More Harm Than Good

    Teachers Withholding Recess as Punishment Does More Harm Than Good

    Originally published in Healthline Parenthood by Leah Campbell, May 2019, Photo by Getty Images Recess is a critical component of a child’s healthy development, yet some teachers continue to withhold it as punishment for bad behavior. School may be out for summer, but the subject of recess has still been making big news with two • Read More »

  • Seguin ISD Inspiring Kids & Teachers with Recess

    Seguin ISD Inspiring Kids & Teachers with Recess

    Originally published in Fox29 by Fox San Antonio, April 2019 An area school district is increasing recess time for students. Seguin ISD is taking part in a program called LiiNK, or Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids. Many of the schools in the district now have four 15-minute unstructured, outdoor play breaks every day. According to • Read More »

  • Going to school is not for grades

    Going to school is not for grades

    Originally published in Gulf News by Pasi Sahlberg, March 2019 DUBAI: Considered a benchmark of educational innovation, Finland’s approach to schooling and sparking young minds has a history that can be traced back to the 1860s when Uno Cygnaeus, who is sometimes referred as the father of basic education in Finland, said that in an • Read More »

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