Why Finland has the best education system in the world
A segment on the approach to education in Finland taken from Where To Invade Next by Michael Moore.
10 Reasons Finland Has the World’s Best School System
Finland, a tiny nation of 5.5 million people, consistently makes the top 5 performers across those categories, making it the top educational performer in Europe and one of the strongest in the world. (Singapore, Japan, and South Korea are also strong performers, and China did not submit consolidated results for the most recent test.)
Finnish education official, “We see it as the right of every child to have daycare and preschool. It’s not a place where you dump your child while you’re working. It’s a place for your child to play and learn and make friends.”
In Finland, teaching is seen as a very desirable career; teachers are viewed on par with other professionals, such as lawyers and doctors. A research-based master’s degree (fully paid for by the Finnish government) is a prerequisite for a teaching position, and competition for acceptance into the top teaching programs can be fierce.
Finnish teachers are generally accorded more latitude in the content of their instruction, and the way they deliver it, than most other teachers around the world.
The goal is to educate all children, even those with special needs, in the same mainstream classrooms (some ESL students may initially be taught in temporary language immersion classes, and exceptionally disabled students may receive education outside of mainstream classrooms).
Clearly the high-quality subsidized daycare and preschool options mean that even though Finnish kids start school late, they start informally learning and preparing for school much earlier. However, before age 7, the emphasis is on experiential learning, through play and movement. Unless children show interest and willingness, they are not expected to learn to read in kindergarten, an approach backed up with research showing a lack of long-term benefits for kids who are taught to read in kindergarten.
The focus on joy extends beyond the classroom. While homework varies by teacher, Finnish children generally complete less homework than their peers in other developed countries, giving them more time for play—and joy—when they get home from school as well.
In Finland, everyone is invested in the success and quality of the nation’s public schools. Something that works well at one school is quickly shared with others, so that best practices can reach every student, because schools do not see themselves as competing for students or test scores.
At age 16, Finnish kids, who have been in the same “comprehensive schools” since age 7, are given the option of continuing on to vocational education programs, which prepare them for work in construction, health care, restaurants, and offices as well as entry into a polytechnic institute, or of pursuing an academic program, which will prepare them for university. About 43% of students choose the vocational route.
As this list has shown, the concept of equality, long important in the Finnish culture, is one of the central reasons its schools are so successful. But the idea of equality within the Finnish school system goes well beyond making sure all kids have a good start in life and working aggressively to help weaker students catch up. It means not only minimizing differences amongst students, but also means minimizing the differences among schools, making sure that all the schools in Finland are equally strong.
10 Reasons why Finland has the Best Education System in the World
Finland, a country rich in intellectual and educational reform has over the years initiated a number of novel and simple changes that have completely revolutionized their educational system.
They have consistently ranked as the number one education system in the world according to rankings from different organizations and institutions, including the Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum.
Finland is leading the way because of common-sense practices and a holistic teaching environment that strives for equity over excellence. Here are 10 reasons why Finland’s education system is dominating the world stage.
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NBC reporters visit schools in Finland to learn how they have ascended to the top in student achievement.
Should The World Adopt Finland's Education System?
Starting age is 7, days last no longer than 5 hours (which typically start at around 9-9:30 AM), 15 minute breaks in between lessons, segregation by one's ability is illegal, one formal examination in a student's entire primary and secondary school career; yet Finnish students have been proven to be one of the highest scoring group of individuals worldwide in regards to academics, so surely Finland must be doing something right.
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Many governments are under political and economic pressure to turn their school systems around for higher rankings in the international league tables. Canada, South Korea, Singapore and Finland are commonly used models for the nations that hope to improve teaching and learning in their schools. In search of a silver bullet, reformers now turn their attention to teachers, believing that if only they could attract the best and the brightest into the teaching profession the quality of education would improve. This presentation argued that just having better teachers in schools will not automatically improve students' learning outcomes. Lessons from Finland and other high-performing school systems suggest that we should also protect schools from prescribed teaching, toxic accountability, and unhealthy competition, so that all teachers can use their professional knowledge and skills in the best interests of their pupils.
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Finland performs much better than England and the USA in the PISA test. In this international test the students have to apply their knowledge in novel situations. It seems that their average pupils achieve comparatively higher scores than those in other countries. Does this reflect Goverment directives, the headmasters, the teachers, teaching methods, continual assessment, revision methods or parental involvement? It would seem that there is no one silver bullet for success and that this is only achieved by a complex well organised system which operates at several different levels. International visitors to Finland are usually perplexed by Finnish success probably because they only see one lesson. Finnish pupils are made regularly accountable for their own learning and it is this which most probably explains their success. Our system that has ‘listen and learn’ lessons and prolonged cramming for SATs does not encourage pupils to develop their long term memory, which is the basis of successful learning.
At the Government level ...
The Government in Finland introduced a law so that all children have a 15 minute break after 45 minutes of teaching
The government decided on mixed ability classes.
The Government sets out a curriculum that is short with only a few pages of text per subject. The curriculum is not overwhelming, leaving time in the year for teachers to plan local activities and innovate.
The Government approves textbooks that provide lesson plans for teachers for every term and the national examination at age 16 has few multiple choice questions. Questions have long introductory text which must be read and analysed. This approach expects pupils to read and then apply their knowledge in the examination. This of course drives the type of lesson that pupils experience.
The Government directs examination boards to set questions that
assess understanding of concepts and their application in novel situations rather than just factual recall. There is a minimum reliance on multiple choice in examinations.
At the Headteacher level...
The school day is organised with one hour lessons and each lesson includes a 15 minute break. There are morning and afternoon coffee breaks. There is a lunch hour.
The Head meets with teachers in an interview every term to discuss class progress, any problems with individual pupils, innovations, new topics etc
There are no heads of department and one teacher is given responsibility for ordering equipment, materials etc.
The Head is responsible for standards and these are checked yearly by the government who give an examination to a few pupils in a year group. School inspectors can visit if results are unsatisfactory.
Poorly performing pupils or gifted pupils are interviewed with their parents with the class teacher, a school psychologist and a social worker present.
The Head insists that good discipline is introduced quickly in the school and is effective at an early age. They believe that learning cannot occur if minor disruption occurs in lessons.
At the teacher level...
Teachers enjoy their jobs and few leave teaching.
Teachers know the ability of their mixed ability class and have the same pupils all day and every day. Poor behaviour can be remedied quickly in such a situation and discipline is good.
Teachers on exchange visits comment that teacher’s lessons are similar to those in other countries. Exchange teachers also see teachers in lessons and comment that they are not ‘super teachers’.
A common lesson format is a period of teacher talk followed by the pupil reading the textbook and answering questions. A short test is then used to monitor learning in the lesson. Passive learning is followed by active learning and the test gives immediate feedback. Teacher talk probably accounts for 15 minutes in the lesson.
Teachers are trained to monitor learning efficiently with short tests in every lesson and termly tests. The results for the latter are used for grades (these are entered into a national database that parents can see). This is called continual assessment. There are no high status SAT tests at different ages because school tests occur regularly each term.
Teachers keep the same class for many years as the children get older(upper secondary pupils are taught by subject specialists).
Teachers teach all subjects and introduce cross curricular projects which are also given a grade.
Teachers keep a portfolio of children’s work and comment on this and they periodically jointly set new targets after a discussion with a pupil.
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The Finland Phenomenon: The Best Education System (sub spanish)
In 2011, documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, and Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, researched the Finnish school system and its excellence. The result of their research is the film, The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System.
Documentary | 24 March 2011 (USA) SUB Spanish
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The Education Index, published with the UN's Human Development Index in 2008, based on data from 2006, lists Finland as 0.993, amongst the highest in the world, tied for first with Denmark, Australia and New Zealand.
Finland's education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. The result of their research is captured in a new film, The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System. In the 60-minute film, Dr. Wagner guides the viewer through an inside look at the world's finest secondary education system. A life-long educator and author of the best-selling book The Global Achievement Gap, Dr. Wagner is uniquely qualified to explore and explain Finland's success. From within classrooms and through interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and government officials, Dr. Wagner reveals the surprising factors accounting for Finland's rank as the #1 education system in the world.
SISTEMA EDUCATIVO DE FINLANDIA
El sistema educativo finlandés es considerado como el mejor de los evaluados por el informe PISA de 2003. Dicho sistema se divide en dos grandes tipos de formaciones a partir de los 16 años: la formación teórica, que se imparte en las escuelas secundarias superiores y las universidades, y la formación profesional, que se imparte en las escuelas profesionales.
EDUCATION IN FINLAND
Education in Finland is an education system with no tuition fees and with fully subsidised meals served to full-time students. The present education system in Finland consists of daycare programmes (for babies and toddlers) and a one-year pre-school (or kindergarten for six-year-olds); a nine-year compulsory basic comprehensive school (starting at age seven and ending at the age of sixteen); post-compulsory secondary general academic and vocational education; higher education (University and University of applied sciences); and adult (lifelong, continuing) education. The Finnish strategy for achieving equality and excellence in education has been based on constructing a publicly funded comprehensive school system without selecting, tracking, or streaming students during their common basic education. Part of the strategy has been to spread the school network so that pupils have a school near their homes whenever possible or, if this is not feasible, e.g. in rural areas, to provide free transportation to more widely dispersed schools. Inclusive special education within the classroom and instructional efforts to minimize low achievement are also typical of Nordic educational systems.
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Finland's education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. They guide the viewer through an inside look at the world's finest secondary education system.
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Why Finland Has The Best Education System In The World
A part of Finnish culture
Education is a strong part of Finnish culture from pre-school years into adulthood. Children in Finland don’t begin formal education until they reach seven years old, but they do still begin early education through ‘forest schools’ and outdoor play. Primary and secondary education aren’t as strict as they are in other nations, but getting a good early education is still viewed as an important step.
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Many adults in Finland also continue their lifelong education through evening classes or regular trips to the library (Finland has a higher rate of library usage than any other country). Just as free access to information in libraries is an integral part of Finnish culture, so is developing knowledge through free higher education.
Many adults in Finland continue their education at libraries and universities © Pexels
Lack of classism
Classism is also far less prominent in Finland, which again extends to education. For many centuries Finland was a primarily arable country and education wasn’t a priority for those who worked on farms in remote communities. University was viewed as something only for the upper classes or intellectuals.
Student union building of Helsinki Polytechnic University built in 1903. © Aalto University Commons / Flickr
Today just as people of any background, social class, and income level can gain equal access to information at libraries, they can do the same thing at universities. This takes away a barrier that many other countries face where people from working class backgrounds grow up knowing they won’t be able to go to university or embark on a high-paying career, which requires a university education. Attitudes like these can lead to higher levels of crime, substance abuse, depression, and racial divides. Free higher education is especially important in Finland since there are more jobs, such as teaching or journalism, that require a master’s degree at the entry level – as opposed to only a bachelor’s degree or no degree at all in other countries.
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Love of learning
This free access to education means that students in Finland can attend university not just to get ahead in their careers but also for the reason that universities exist in the first place – learning for learning’s sake. While picking up important life skills, students can also read up on a range of subjects at the university library or take elective classes for everything from politics to pop culture, to gain a deeper understanding of the world. They can study what they love without the fear of entering the workforce deep in debt.
Finland's intellectual and educational reforms have completely revolutionized their educational system.
The Finnish system doesn't encourage cramming or standardized tests.
Finland's common-sense practices and a holistic teaching environment strives for equity over excellence.
Time and time again, American students continually rank near the middle or bottom among industrialized nations when it comes to performance in math and science. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) which in conjunction with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) routinely releases data which shows that Americans are seriously lagging behind in a number of educational performance assessments.
Despite calls for education reform and a continual lackluster performance on the international scale, not a lot is being done or changing within the educational system. Many private and public schools run on the same antiquated systems and schedules that were once conducive to an agrarian society. The mechanization and rigid assembly-line methods we use today are spitting out ill-prepared worker clones, rudderless adults and an uninformed populace.
But no amount of pontificating will change what we already know. The American education system needs to be completely revamped – from the first grade to the Ph.D. It's going to take a lot more than a wellmeaning celebrity project to do that…
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