Why do they say only sky is the limit, when a man can walk in the moon…
Why are creativity and curiosity so important? Why we should not just concentrate on academic subjects and good test results in schools?
Because with knowledge we need to have creative and innovative minds, that can imagine and create something new and valuable to us all. To many problems in the world, there are solutions available too. They just have not been found yet. This is what Slush Helsinki, technology and start up event, means to me. It is not just technology, but the people, who invent, create and use IT to make a difference.
Creativity is what creates the technology that can fly as to the moon and back.
So, what does creativity has to do with education?
Sadly, with excessive standardized testing and the emphasis on just academic subjects at the expense of other subjects such as music, art, PE, the child’s inner ability and spark for creativity can be damaged. School should be cultivating curiosity and creativity, thus making sure we will have brave entrepreneurial innovators in the future making change happen.
Finnish education can offer an alternative to high-stakes testing and narrowing curriculum.
Formal schooling in Finland does not begin until age 7. Childhood, play and playful learning are valued highly in Finnish education. There are no standardized testing or school inspectors continuously checking on the quality of teaching or the learning results, and yet the learning results are good.
ALO Finland Digital teacher training course introduces Finnish education and offers to visit Finnish primary and preschools via photos, videos and text. Read and learn from Finnish education, the latest changes in the curriculum and explore with the pedagogical experiments in Finnish schools. The main topics are:
1. Authentic learning in online environment
2. Innovative Pedagogy
4. Excellence & Equity in Education
5. Childhood, Play & Learning
6. Curriculum & Creativity
You can join the course here: