The next 100 years of Finnish education should… encourage, motivate and invite students to express themselves more rather than less.
If I were to lay down a compass for improvement for all education systems, not just Finland, it would be pointing in three directions:
One - have a lot more play in learning, and computerized play as a medium.
Two - have a lot more sharing. The potential to harness what a crowd knows is the single biggest unexplored front that education can make strides with.
Three - is conversation, or talking. Educational systems have, for a millennia, been all too often systems where conversation, talk, chatter and speech are stamped out. The iconic sign in the library that says, ‘please keep quiet.’ The most frequently mentioned word in the classroom, according to our research, is ‘quiet.’ We should change that. We should put up public signs that say ‘Talk, please. Write, please. Express yourself, please.’
HundrED is designed to help Finland maintain it's reputation at the forefront of education.
Over the next two years we will interview 100 global thought leaders, create 100 case studies of exciting education happenings worldwide, and trial 100 new innovations in schools in Finland over the course of one year. Our findings will be shared with the world for free.