What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality.

In the Finnish view, as Sahlberg describes it, this means that schools should be healthy, safe environments for children. This starts with the basics. Finland offers all pupils free school meals, easy access to health care, psychological counseling, and individualized student guidance.

humanscaled:

The giant foot on its side means something important, I know it does, it has to. Perhaps it represents the constant walking of Arozena’s Mararia, alone in the dark, every night.
Schoolkids running around between those toes may undermine that image, but they can represent the villagers of Fermes who gossip about Mararia, while the building itself becomes the symbol of purification made all the more tragic by the destructiveness of the youth.
(At least that’s how I’d sell it.)
Rafael Arozarena Highschool by AMP Arquitectos
via architizer

humanscaled:

The giant foot on its side means something important, I know it does, it has to. Perhaps it represents the constant walking of Arozena’s Mararia, alone in the dark, every night.

Schoolkids running around between those toes may undermine that image, but they can represent the villagers of Fermes who gossip about Mararia, while the building itself becomes the symbol of purification made all the more tragic by the destructiveness of the youth.

(At least that’s how I’d sell it.)

Rafael Arozarena Highschool by AMP Arquitectos

via architizer