Wrong Turns, Right Moves in Education
About the Book
As an American educator with decades of experience, Dr. Deborah J. Rhea had a burning desire to know why Finland’s educational system was top ranked in the world, while the United States fell in the middle of the pack. She made it her mission to learn what she could.
Rhea took a six-week trip to Finland, where she lived and learned from the best in their schools and government. During that period, her observations revealed that her generation experienced life and education very differently from children today. The philosophies and principles she saw reflected in the Finnish educational system helped open her eyes to the many wrong turns that the United States has made in education over the last thirty years. What’s more, Rhea presents the right moves needed to get the country back on track for a healthier, happier method of educating children.
In this study, an experienced educator compares the educational approaches of Finland and the United States, considering ways that the latter might be adjusted and improved.
About the Author
Dr. Deborah J. Rhea is a Professor of Kinesiology
and Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Research
at Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences – TCU.
She educates future K-12 physical education teachers.
LiiNK (Let’s inspire innovation ‘N Kids) is her newest
research project that examines whole child development
through the addition of daily, unstructured, outdoor
play breaks and character development in the schools.
Rhea has received national media attention as a result of LiiNK from multiple news outlets
such as The Today Show, the Washington Post, and the NBC Nightly News. She has published
in numerous journals and presented professionally on many different topics related to living a healthy and productive life. Rhea has received the Healthcare Hero award from the Dallas Business Journal and the Fort Worth Business Press for her research to create intrinsically motivated, active, healthy children.
Visit www.liinkproject.tcu.edu for more information.