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30th January 2015 at 00:00

All work and no play is not the only model for success

Reading Sir Ken Robinson's article ("The beating heart of human life? The arts", Comment, 23 January) reminded me of a comparison of two "successful" education systems: South Korea and Finland.

The South Korean model, which has achieved almost 100 per cent literacy, relies on rigorous hard work. Students spend long hours in school and then further long hours with tutors. The Finnish system, however, advocates both rigour and flexibility. Students have a comparatively short school day supplemented with extracurricular activities provided by schools. This system recognises the fact that rich learning can and does take place outside the classroom. The time that both students and teachers devote to engaging in artistic activities shows what can be done in an overcrowded curriculum.

Maybe we can learn from both systems and find a better way to develop all students' "personal talents and passions".

Frederick Sandall

Retired headteacher

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