26 Amazing Facts About Finland’s Unorthodox Education System. – A. Taylor

Taylor, Adam. “26 Amazing Facts About Finland’s Unorthodox Education System.”  Business Insider.  December 14, 2012.  Retrieved from: http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-education-school-2011-12?op=1#ixzz2El2s0V4H

The author lists 26 things the top ranked education system does which the United States does not.  Below are a few items from the list:

  • Compared with other systems, students rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens.
  • There is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland, taken when children are 16.
  • Finland spends around 30 percent less per student than the United States.
  • Science classes are capped at 16 students so that they may perform practical experiments every class.
  • Teachers only spend 4 hours a day in the classroom, and take 2 hours a week for “professional development”.
  • Finland has the same amount of teachers as New York City, but far fewer students.  (600,000 compared to 1.1 Million)
  • All teachers in Finland must have a masters degree, which is fully subsidized.
  • Teachers are effectively given the same status as doctors and lawyers.
  • There is no merit pay.



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