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Friday, February 27, 2015

Finland curbs childhood obesity by integrating health in all policies

World Health Organization – Staff Writer

“Six years ago, almost 1 in 5 five-year-olds in the Finnish city of Seinäjoki was overweight or obese. Not all schools and day care centres were providing nutritious food and sufficient physical activity. Since then, the municipality’s health department has worked with the childcare, education, nutrition, recreation and urban planning departments to ensure all day care centres and schools provide the same quality of services. As a result, the proportion of five-year-olds who are overweight or obese has been halved. But, results did not happen overnight. It took time for all the different departments to understand how each influences health and the role each must play to promote it…“I am very proud of this programme, but it’s not just the programme that’s achieving good results. It’s the families who have worked hard to change their lifestyles,” says Oili Ylihärsila, Director of Health Promotion, Seinäjoki Health Centre. “Parents are now wiser when it comes to good nutrition and exercise because of our efforts.””(more)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stable childhood may lead to healthy adult heart

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“(Reuters Health) – In Finland, kids who have a “stable, healthy” childhood grow up to have better heart health as adults. In a long-term study of more than 1,000 men and women, those who had a higher socioeconomic status, positive emotional factors, better parental health behaviors, fewer stressful events and better social adjustment from age three to 18 had more ‘ideal cardiovascular heath’ 27 years later, well into adulthood.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Consider giving the gift of free play

SF Gate – Jerry R. Salerno

“With the holiday shopping season in full swing, many of us with children in our lives will wonder what gift we can give that is meaningful yet fun. Ironically, the most valuable gift is already at your fingertips. It’s the gift of play — old-fashioned, free playtime. Free or unstructured play is dynamic, organic and child-directed. She or he plans the play, mixes the imaginary with the real world and creates a unique experience. Children who play freely develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. They learn to solve problems, negotiate with others and practice self-control.”(more)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

‘The Smartest Kids in the World’

The Huffington Post – John M. Eger

“Amanda Ripley, author of the best-seller The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, says education in Finland was the best in the world…Rather than valuing STEM over the arts like many Western countries, Finland considers the arts to be vital and weaves it through their entire education system…Finns see the “arts as a critical component to creativity.””(more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices…Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.” (more)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school

Politico – Caitlin Emma

“…Finnish students have repeatedly outperformed American students on international tests…The Nordic country uses innovative teaching strategies in the classroom, just generally without incorporating technology.”(more)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Finnish Education Chief: ‘We Created a School System Based on Equality’

The Atlantic – Christine Gross-Loh

“Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted.”(more)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The New SAT Doesn’t Come Close to the World’s Best Tests

Time – Amanda Ripley

“So how does the new SAT compare to the university entrance exam in a place like South Korea, a test-crazed culture if ever there was one? Or Finland — a country that boasts a high school graduation rate of 96 percent (compared to 77 percent in the United States) and, like Korea, scores at the top of the world on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, test (administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)?”(more)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7

NPR – Claudio Sanchez

“Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don’t start school until age 7…Krista Kiuru, Finland’s minister of education and science who met with education officials in Washington recently, chalks success up to what she calls the “Finnish way.” Every child in Finland under age 7 has the right to child care and preschool by law, regardless of family income.”(more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Finland working to expand early education

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“Finland often ranks among the highest-performing countries on international math and reading tests. The Nordic nation gets results despite one surprising fact — compulsory schooling does not start until age 7…It turns out that Finland is also working to expand early education…”(more)