Why is the Finland education system the best in the world?
Ultimately it is because of Finland‘s education principles. Kids Can Know More By Studying Less.
Dubbed “Phenomenon-based” teaching, the general principals of education in Finland allow children to study and cram less, expand their knowledge and be more creative.
During the last several years, the Finnish education system has been getting stunning results in the Programme for International Student Assessment. Finnish students are considered to be the brightest.
For example, they read a larger quota of books compared to students in the rest of the world. They are taking second place in the world with their level of natural science knowledge, and fifth place with their level of mathematics knowledge. And at the same time they are spending fewer hours in the school, have virtually no homework and take the minimum number of exams.
The main secret of this system is hidden in 7 education principles. It is claimed that they prepare kids for real life and not just merely for exams.
Finland Education Facts
Principle 1 — everything is free
Finnish kids are not only having a free education, but they also receive free meals, a full set of books and stationery, free tours, museum visits, special units, and a school taxi for those living more than 2 kilometers away from the school. Kids are even provided with a tablet computer. Any fee or money collection is strictly prohibited.
Principle 2 — equality
Everybody and everything is equal in the Finnish education system:
- Equity of schools : Almost all schools in Finland are state schools. The smallest school has 11 students, while the largest has around 1000. All schools have equal quantities of equipment and financial support, there is no more or less privileged schools. All institutions are using the parallel education system “from kindergarten to university”.
- Equity of disciplines : It’s almost impossible to find a class where one subject is treated with more superiority to another subject. Mathematics is not considered to be more important than life sciences or art. In extremely rare situations, when students are showing exceptional talents in sport, music or art, local authorities may create special classes for these gifted children.
- Equity of parents Social status, place of work and other information about parents are not requested. It’s strictly prohibited for schools to use questionnaires or talk with children about such topics.
- Equity of students : All students are considered as special. A class will combine the gifted children with kids who have special needs, even including disabled ones. Such an approach is used to improve integration, raising children to become people in a society that has no segregation according to levels of knowledge or physical abilities. Occasionally a special class for visually impaired children or kids with hearing problems can be created within a school.
- Equity of teachers : Teachers of various disciplines all have the same value. If a teacher is trying to divide a class by choosing who are his favorite students, he or she can be suspended and not permitted to teach classes. Teachers have to work as mentors, which is highly appreciated by both “lyrists” and “physicists”.
- Equal rights: for adults and children, for teachers and students : The main principle of what Finnish pedagogy means is a respectful attitude without misdeeds or punishments. All students have a right to complain about a teacher to a social worker or Principal. There is an additional way to encourage motivation in teachers – working contracts have to be extended every single year.
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