What Americans Ignore About Finland’s School Success

Educators around the globe are curious about the consistently high test scores from students in Finland, as measured by OPEC. “Compared with the stereotype of the East Asian model – long hours of exhaustive cramming and rote memorization – Finland's success is especially intriguing because Finnish schools assign less homework and engage children in more creative play,” reports Anu Partenan for the Atlantic. Americans are not particularly receptive to Finnish conclusions about their success: no private schools, no tuition for higher or lower education, no standardized testing except for one test at the end of high school. In Finland, the teaching profession leads to “prestige, decent pay, and a lot of responsibility”; the career is competitive, and a master's degree is required. The Finnish education system focuses on cooperation rather than competition. Finnish experts suggest that giving every child equal opportunity strengthens society and prepares citizens for a new global economy that can no longer rely on manufacturing. – YaleGlobal

What Americans Ignore About Finland's School Success

Finland, an education superpower, values equality more than excellence; teachers enjoy prestige and high pay, and don’t rely on standardized tests
Anu Partanen
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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