What is Finland doing to improve school?
It will amaze you what percentage of students in Finland badge the highest score overall in the world. In 2008 they experienced a drop in the country’s economy and this led to a reduction in students and teachers. Not to worry they were still considered as part of the work systems in the world. After this ridiculous setback, Finland started an approach towards education. This approach has landed Finland again on the fore list of the world’s rated schools.
Some headlines have reported Finland as though they are neglecting cultural studies, but Finland seems to uphold the cultural studies. Research has been going on, and several professional bodies are looking into Finnish schools’ thriving factors. Some of the factors they came out with are:
- Education is solely relying on trust, cooperation, friendly responsibilities between the schools in Finland. This means education should not be governed by business-minded people or governed with the mind of competition.
- Finland believed in well-trained teachers and instructors, and they equip them properly. Education will grow when the people involved give themselves to grow and become more professional in their field. Education then is not a technical ground but a practicable place and a training world.
- Finland also works with the principle of quality education not based on scores or grades. They work with the mind that students are to be developed and equipped with the knowledge and not scared with grades. This gives a chance for the student to explore beyond calculations or literacy in school.
Considering these factors and policies of the schools in Finland, you will agree that they can only produce quality and useful students in society. Although so many articles contradict these policies, maybe because of misinterpretation or little knowledge. Some of the reasons these comments might have to continue being that the Finnish schools’ valued information is only accessible in their country. This obviously leaves space for doubt, especially in foreign educators’ minds who are interested in the schools’ affairs.
It is believed that schools in Finland do not give homework to their students, which can be the secret to their successful students. Some also believe that Finland adjusted its curriculum and incorporated themes that encourage projects. All these are not true about Finland.
Most researchers in foreign countries tried to talk Finland down because they do not know or haven’t read about the curriculum in Finland but only give comments based on their opinions or side talks. In a bid to become judgmental about the progress of schools in Finland, at least have a broad knowledge of the education system that works there.
NCC, which is the authority that supervises the planning of curriculum, now aims at:
- Helping students understand differences and similarities between learning content.
- They also help students better understand different skills and apply them as complete knowledge.
In Finland, schools are united, and their teachers are given full support and trust with an accountable leader, which sums up the better structure.