Tuesday, June 17, 2014

another view of education...

I am in Norway and learning a very small bit about Norwegian education. Every place you look these days, Norwegian school children are out of doors on field trips. Yesterday there was a large group of middle school age children gathered with teachers and bikes in the park behind the house. Outdoor education is important at Clear Spring School and it seems also to be important to the children of Norway. Here, even when the weather is lousy outside, children are there, playing anyway.

Kindergarten here is much more like what Froebel intended, beginning just as children were ready to leave their mothers arms, up until the age when they are ready to start school. One gets the sense here that children are very important to all.

I have also noticed that while Americans have a sense that we are world leaders in all things, the rest of the world has a lot to offer and that folks from the US can benefit greatly from seeing how the rest of the world lives.

Regular readers will know that I have an interest in wooden boats. The one shown above is in the boat house at Kjerringøy.

Make, fix and create...

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