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12 April 2015

The often cited No. 1 country in the world for education–Finland–is changing everything. Or is it? According to The Independent (U. K.), students’ classes will be organized around interdisciplinary topics (cafeteria studies, European Union) rather than traditional subjects. But Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post reports that these topics are options that can be added to teachers’ curricula (which Finnish teachers are trusted to develop and implement). Leonid Bershidsky of Bloomberg puts in his two cents (couldn’t Bloomberg afford more?!) here.

Meanwhile, the United Nations reports that most countries are failing at providing education for all children.

Lily Britt, a PBHS alumni and a student at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., spoke to the local Rotary Club about her six-month travel exchange in Hong Kong. During her junior year at PBHS, Lily went to France on a Rotary Youth Exchange. Good to see our former “Traveling Tornadoes” still broadening their international experience!

Teachers for Global Classrooms is about to send a cadre of teachers to Uganda. Here’s an article about one of those teachers, in Virginia; an article about three graduates of the M. Ed. program at Northwestern University who are going, one of which was featured in the Chicago Tribune highlighting his assignment to retell Hamlet as a series of Tweets between characters. (Assignment: Whoever replies with the best 140-character version of Hamlet’s “O what a rogue and peasant slave am I” soliloquy wins the contents of this empty box by my feet.)

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