I saw this article over the weekend and thought I would share. What do you think of the idea of scrapping subjects for topics? here is a little quote to whet your appetite.
“Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.
More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union – which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.”
What do you think?
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.