A few months ago, I wrote about the value of teaching cursive. I found an excellent documentary about the role of graphisme in the French primary school curriculum. The documentary was part of a series called “How do they do it in . . .?” produced by the UK Department for Education. I found the collection just before it was discontinued due to austerity measures and regretted not being able to view more of the 15 to 45 minute films.
Fortunately, a number of other websites now are hosting the content on their servers. I’ve watched several of the approximately 25 videos via Schoolsworld TV and found them extremely well done.
I find that many educators like to refer to a 21st century education. Usually they bring this up while they discuss increases to technology spending, even as they cut library, modern language, and history programs.
I find it quite helpful to hear the perspectives of educators in other parts of the world as I figure out how much and what kind of supplementing I need to do for my children.