Up size it! June 10, 2010Posted by Sandra Dop in Uncategorized.
Since visiting 3 schools in Tampere, Finland, last month, I have been chewing on a thought one of the counselors left me with: how can you know your students if you have that many? I had told him we have mega schools of two and three thousand. In Tampere the schools are about 350 students and focus on specific things. One school was language focused and taught Latin, Swedish, German, English, and Italian. Another one was an art school where the talent was oozing from the walls. The other one was a vocational school where students study careers that may lead to a technical school but not likely to university. Their campus included a working restaurant and farm, large grounds for hordiculture study, and a floral design room. The students were very different in each school as were the faculty. The passion and bent of the faculty matched the studetns.
So are we misisng the boat with our mega schools? Do fewer students “fall through the cracks” when they are in smaller schools where content and faculty have the same bend and passion as the students?
What do you think?