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Finland Education Model

Posted on May 12, 2015 in Edu

The Finland education model has a simple rule: all children are entitled to an education. It sounds idealistic, but Finland managed in decades to have remarkable results in every educational system. From kindergarten to university, Finland ranks first in world education among developed countries. The secret lies in the following aspects:

The quality of teachers

The quality of teachers in primary, secondary and high school is the first secret. In Finland, teaching is a prestigious career. Children aspire to be doctors, lawyers, scientists and equally teachers. Teachers are respected and appreciated, are highly qualified (full-time jobs require a master’s degree) and only the best candidates get the job. A difference that sets the Finland education model apart from other countries lies in the degree of autonomy of the teacher. The teacher can focus entirely on the quality of teaching and on providing information in creative ways.

Teacher-student relationship

Classes are relatively small, especially in primary school, with about 20-24 children. In addition, in 1st grade, children are divided into 3 different groups, depending on their level of skill in reading, so that the teacher can give interesting lessons to each group; reading lessons are carried out separately for each group. So in the case of math lessons. The division in groups continue to grades 2-3. Finnish children are encouraged to interact with the teachers as much as possible.

The quality of educational programs

Education programs are excellent, both in terms of the content they offer through their relevance to modern life, and by integrating different ways of teaching.
The Finnish curriculum is much less “academic” than you’d expect from a nation with such important results. Of all developed countries, Finnish students have the lowest number of hours per week and they are not examined(via tests) until the age of 17-19 years. Also, the introduction of foreign language courses is very effective. In most cases, students will begin to learn a third language by the age of 11, and some begin learning the fourth at 13 years.

The flexibility of the system

In high school, most of the curriculum is based on optional subjects that students choose based on the profession or university they would like to join. Even at the level of basic education, there are optional or extra-curricular classes starting from 3rd grade. There are hours of theater, foreign languages, art, computer science, photography, etc. The result is a flexible curriculum that is customized for each student.

The respect for education in society

The country has the highest percentage in Europe for students who go to college, 66% and 93% of Finns promote high school. At the same time, the difference between the worst and best students is the smallest in the world. Graduation is regarded as an event of great importance and of pride for both young graduate and his family. Finns say that in a man’s life there are 2 great moments of personal fulfillment: graduation and making his own family.