3 things we can learn from Finland's school system

The Finland educational system has consistently proven its merit for more than a decade and now educational experts are uncovering the secrets to Finland's success.

According to Worldtop20 “Finland has held the unofficial title as the country with the world’s best education system, since 2000”.

As a result educational authorities around the world are asking what Finland is doing differently in order to understand and replicate their results.

The video “Top 10 Reasons Finland Has the World’s Best School System” reveals some of the practices that make the Finland school system unique.

Here are 3 stand out characteristics :

Fully trained teachers

In Finland educators are highly respected and teaching is seen as a “desirable” career.

That is because teachers are required to undergo extensive training before they can practice their trade much like doctors and lawyers.

“A research-based Masters degree fully paid for by the Finnish government is a prerequisite for a teaching position.”

This translates to approximately 5 to 7 years of training that teachers must complete before they are considered qualified to lead their own classroom.

This in turn promotes healthy competition amongst professional educators which increases the calibre of teachers that are ultimately selected for employment.

Everyone attends public school

“One of the most unusual and some would say most overlooked aspects of the Finnish school system is the near universal attendance of public schools.”

This promotes a nationwide commitment to the quality and success of public schools.

Everyone, including parents, government and business is fully invested in the public school system which ensures support and cooperation from all sectors.

“Something that works well at one school is quickly shared with the others so that best practices can reach every student.”

Schools do not compete for students or better results but rather look for ways to boost academic performance throughout the entire system.

Equality across schools

This is an important theme within the Finnish education system.

Additional financial and academic support is given to poorer students as well as students with learning disabilities to promote equality in the student body.

Finland also aims to close the inequality gap by minimizing differences amongst schools and “making sure that all the schools are equally strong”.

“It also means that in socially disadvantages areas...Finland schools serve their students just as well as those in the country's wealthiest areas.”

Through these and other practices students across the board are properly equipped and positioned to pursue their dreams and make a productive contribution to the economy and the world.

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By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing

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