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AFT President Randi Weingarten visits schools in Finland to learn how they have ascended to the top in student achievement.
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I was also curious about the special education in Finland. I found another link that is similar to this one but goes into some more specifics about special education: http://www.edutopia.org/education-everywhere-international-finland-...
About 40% of students in Finnish secondary schools receive some kind of special intervention. School faculties include a "special teacher" who is assigned to identify student who need extra help and then provide it.
So apparently a lot of students receive special education in secondary schools, but it doesn't say anything about primary grades. I think it's notable, however, that they mentioned their use of differentiated instruction. That strategy probably constitutes a lot of special education services that we push in the US. As we are quickly learning, the key to inclusive classrooms is differentiated instruction.
Interesting clip! I am curious about the parents, the socio-economic status of the children, the special education rates in Finland. Are they comprable to US? I am most curious about the stark difference in teaching hours...what is their school day like, for the kids and adults? lots and lots of questions...thanks for sharing this clip-
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