The New Republic publishes a story about how Finnish schools differ from ours, including the time spent at recess – an average of 75 minutes a day to our 27 minutes. A principal is quoted as saying: “The children can’t learn if they don’t play. The children must play.”
In comparison to the United States and many other industrialized nations, the Finns have implemented a radically different model of educational reform—based on a balanced curriculum and professionalization, not testing.
They have a wide-ranging curricula; ours continues to narrow due to the need for high test scores. However, the Finnish students test higher than American kids.