Where it matters, I'd bet the educational approaches between Singapore and
Finland aren't different.By this I mean that when either
country offers a class in a subject the curriculum has quality material.
I'd bet the math classes in either country start with the easy problems and
then the medium problems and then difficult problems. I'd bet that in
either country, students do proofs of the math theorems and formulas so they
know how math is developed and justified.In contrast, here it
isn't uncommon for students to top out at easier medium level problems and
then just to be handed formulas with no proof, therefore students have no idea
where they came from.How is it that no matter how they try, American
educators just can't get at the heart of what our problems are? For one
reason they are poorly educated. My son is majoring in math education, he has to
take a gaggle of education classes, which means there classes in many other
subjects he won't be taking. He tells me it is accepted knowledge among
students that the education classes are mostly just filler, not much substance
"Respect" is earned, even in childhood. Is is not automatic and should
not be automatic. Children need to be taught "how to" become respected.
And part of that "how to" is by showing the teachers and adiminstrators
the respect you think you should have.
Help kids feel respected? When I was in public school in Utah, I remember
standing with my classmates, our arms extended for most of the class period,
while the teacher waited for a confession from whomever was responsible for some
mischief that had occurred.