I was speaking to friend yesterday who just completed an education MA. As part of her work she researched the Finnish education system.
Turns out students from Finland are literally the best in the world ! There is ane xcllent summary on how Finland has achieved these results.
What do you think ?
What makes education in Finland that good? 10 reform principles behind the success.
Posted by Bert Maes on February 24, 2010
Students from Finland outperform peers in 43 other nations – including the United States, Germany and Japan – in mathematics, science and reading skills. Finland is also ranked top in economic competitiveness.
The performance of this small and remote European country springs directly from education policies set in motion 40 years ago, according to the World Bank in its report “Policy Development and Reform Principles of Basic and Secondary Education in Finland since 1968.”
Explaining the excellence of the schools in Finland is extremely complex. They have beautiful school buildings, well-trained teachers, state-of-the-art technology any fancy textbooks, but that doesn’t explain everything. I will not present an exhaustive or exclusive explanation for Finland’s success, but 10 CHARACTERISTICS MAY BE HELPFUL TO UNDERSTAND: