What Homeschoolers Can Learn From Michael Moore & Finland

I just finished watching a brief documentary filmmaker Michael Moore did comparing our American public school system with Finland’s system.


Before watching this video, I was not at all familiar with Finland’s educational system. As I watched the video I kept hearing myself say, “That’s right! Yes! That makes sense!

Before coming home to teach my own children I was an instructional coach helping administrations, teachers, parents and students nationwide. I learned about the wonderful parts within our educational system and I also experienced the ugly parts. One of the reasons why my husband and I started homeschooling in the first place was because we did not want the school system’s ugly parts to taint our children.

In addition to that, we really wanted to develop within our children both a passion and an ability to be lifelong learners. Their individuality, creativity, interests and happiness are important to us.

When I watched the video I was so encouraged that the same values that are important to me, are important to the people of Finland. It helped me to make sure that I seek to continue to hold true to those values as I prepare to embark on yet another homeschooling year.

If you have not watched this documentary yet I strongly suggest you do. It will inspire you– no matter if your children are homeschooled or not!

And then after you watch it — share it and talk about it!! After you watch it let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Until Next Time,

Stay Encouraged & Be Blessed!



I was so encouraged

4 thoughts on “What Homeschoolers Can Learn From Michael Moore & Finland

  1. Very Interesting Chantel … many times I’m focus in homework for my kids and projects ,,,they love more when we do projects…I will try to do it more often and focus that they can learn more playing and doing diferent activities than seating doing homework. God blesss you. Patricia Rodriguez


    1. I too found the video interesting. I used to be a classroom teacher, K-12th, and kids didn’t have enough time to discover and think and be. When I started homeschooling I set up our days very much like school. It was what I knew. It took me some time to relax into providing playtime (which I call discovery time) into our days, but it has made a difference for both my kids and myself. Thanks for the comment Patricia, let me know how it goes.


    2. This weekend I worked with my kids some experiments about reaction ( using cabbage juice , lemmon , baking soda and vinegar ,,they learned about reaction and they love it ,,then they play with playdough and art projects ,,,I’m trying to learn with my kids having fun !!! Thanks for your blog and about the Spanish ,,I’m reading in my language , some videos and music !!!God bless !!!thank you for your time and for help many homeschool moms : )


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