Cultural Values – Caring For Children

I wanted to write a post reminding people to read newspapers from other countries (which is why I’ve got a link below to an English article in a Japanese newspaper about Finnish schools), but I ended up with these links about education and culture instead. I know they’re tiny, tiny, tiny little vignettes which don’t necessarily represent the larger cultures involved, but they’re interesting to read together and reflect on.

Police Handcuff 5-Year-Old After Tantrum (nobody’s fault, and everybody’s fault — a classic case of system failure)

Quiet, class, or it’s handcuffs (a UK liberal says maybe it’s time to institute tough love at school)

Extra classes give Finnish kids head start (supplementary classes, parental involvement, recognition of developmental differences in young kids)

Some questions come to mind:

  • who has the responsibility to provide for children’s well-being and education?
  • who has the authority to provide for children’s well-being and education?
  • who has the responsibility to love and care for children?
  • who has the authority to love and care for children?
  • what’s more important, no child left behind, or no family left behind?