Archive: Education

Finnish School, And Party Later

A tale of two Helsinkis, on the occasion of national high school graduation day: Scene 1, at the Itakeskus high school in the eastern part of the Finnish capital. Members of the senior class, who are 18 to 20 years...

By Jeffrey Marcus | June 6, 2005; 08:02 AM ET | Comments: (100)

Rich in Higher Education

TURKU -- Finland is rich in colleges and universities -- probably a little too rich, according to Keijo Virtanen, rector of Turku University. "We have 50 [colleges and universities] for 5.2 million people. It's not very efficient," he said in...

By Robert G. Kaiser | June 2, 2005; 04:00 PM ET | Comments: (140)

A Finnish Nursery School

KUHMO -- "Day care" does not do justice to the nursery schools of Finland, which provide an elaborate form of preschool education that de-emphasizes education per se in favor of socialization and just plain fun. Teachers at the nursery school...

By Robert G. Kaiser | May 30, 2005; 09:50 AM ET | Comments: (140)

Closing a Popular School

JYVASKYLA -- We had our first interesting encounter produced by a reader's suggestion here in Jyvaskyla. Sari Laine, president of the PTA of the Voionmaa School in this town 180 miles north of Helsinki, wrote us an eloquent e-mail about...

By Robert G. Kaiser | May 24, 2005; 12:55 PM ET | Comments: (94)

Focus on Schools Helps Finns Build a Showcase Nation

HELSINKI -- A foreigner asking to visit a school in Finland this spring got an unexpected reply from the Helsinki City Education Department: Our schools are overwhelmed by visitors; do you have to visit just now? In fact, the Finns,...

By washingtonpost.com | May 24, 2005; 01:05 AM ET | Comments: (178)

 

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