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Mr. Tom Fazekas presented FHM’s monthly offering called: “If you want to win, hire a Finn.” He is the principal at Fairport Harding High School in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.
Fazekas presides over a building built in 1922, added onto in the 1950’s, and again in the 1960’s. It is a building and educational system rich in tradition that had its roots in the Finnish philosophy that education was really important and was the key to success. First references to school and children was the “enumeration of youth between the ages of four and twenty one in the first district of Painesville Township in 1842.” That’s 162 years in the education arena.
It is perhaps that Fairport philosophy that propelled the growth and sustenance of its schools and provided that characteristic attitude which Mr. Fazekas addressed. He discussed the rationale behind the Finnish philosophy that eschews tracking during the common years. Noted was the idea that special education was not separate but part of the regular classroom, and that an effort to minimize low achievement was vital. This according to Wikipedia is typical of Nordic educational systems.
Fazekas compared the Finnish model which states “After their nine-year basic education in a comprehensive school, students at the age of 16 may choose to continue their secondary education in either an academic track (lukio) or a vocational track (ammattikoulu), both of which usually take three years.” (Wikipedia) This matches very closely what we (Fairport Harding High School) are trying to achieve with Fairport Harbor’s Early College initiative. Students are encouraged to enroll in either Auburn Career Center or a local college for their last two years of high school, all at the district expense. For more, click HERE