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The secret to Finland’s success in education, employment, parenting—basically everything

The secret to Finland’s success in education, employment, parenting—basically everything | Finland | Scoop.it
It's hard not to get jealous when I talk to my extended family. My cousin's husband gets 36 vacation days per year, not including holidays. If he wants, he can leave his job for a brief hiatus and come back to a guaranteed position months later.

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Like a rumor, many Americans have heard that Finland has one of the best education systems worldwide. So what makes Finland’s education system so effective and successful, particularly compared to the United States?

 

The United States uses educational reform as a deceptive “white flag” during political competitions. Democrat, Republican, or whatever third party, all of these political groups manipulate education reform as a “feel good factor”. No matter the political party affiliation, no citizen outwardly opposes education reform, particularly because it deals with improving the academic and expansively, the social, emotional, and future life of American children.

 

However, as the article mentions, education policy and execution is a byproduct of economic reform in Finland. In an effort to transform its once agrarian, developing country, Finland focused on a strong welfare system as a foundation (low child-poverty rate, accessible and well-rounded health care, etc). Perhaps by focusing on economic and political reform will have its effects trickle down into education reform? Instead of trying to start with education reform and have the effects of that somehow trickle down into social/welfare and political reform. 

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Golden Days Where Finland's Education A Success is Over: PISA 2012 - FINNBAY

Finland Education Success, Golden Days Where Finland's Education A Success is Over: PISA 2012, Finnish education, PISA 2012, Finland schools, ranking

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Finland education is not a flawless epitome of education success. We need to learn about why it is on the verge of declining just as much as we focus on why it seems so successful. 

 

DISCLAIMER: This is not one of my official articles/videos/blogs. It is just an interesting video that I discovered to guide me on my track to filitering through sources to find the most valid and interesting ones. 

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Finland Eyes Programming Classes for Elementary School Students - Mashable

Finland Eyes Programming Classes for Elementary School Students - Mashable | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland Eyes Programming Classes for Elementary School Students
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"We have a strong education system and rank among the top countries in both primary and secondary education, and we're always looking for new ways to innovate," Stubb says.
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Programming emerges in Finish elementary schools. If the age old axiom states, “Easier said than done,” then Finland has found a way to reverse this saying into “practically done, yet sounding impossible.” The idea that Finland is preparing programming classes for elementary school students seems too advanced and nearly impossible in theory, yet because Finland aims to encourage the development of tech skills at an early age as opposed to teaching skills for first graders to develop apps, programming for elementary school students seems more practical.

 

 As technology increases and whether or not children are digital learners, all children are born as digital nativists. Thus, basic technology skills should be taught in schools because doing so opens doors to a different method of teaching and learning that will revolutionize the generally followed teacher-centered education philosophy.  

 

Taking Finland’s attitude on technology in education into the U.S. education system, I can only imagine the revolutionizing effects. Learning would become more student and community-centered as opposed to teacher-centered. Perhaps, the 8am to 3pm Monday through Friday school schedule can be eliminated by requiring digital learning for 3 days and in-class learning for 2 days. Perhaps, students no longer have to be placed in their public schools based on location and perhaps, students no longer have to be placed in their classrooms based on age or score on standardized exams. Technology pervasion into education is truly revolutionary, breaking “crusty, moldy” ineffective dogmas of old education theory.

 

 The only concern that I have is how technology has negatively affected the social world, i.e. Facebook. Look how technology has demonstrated that it works to isolate people from human-to-human contact. Now, given that human-to-human contact is essential to community building, how can technology be monitored and applied so that it creates community, not eliminate it?

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Finland's education success

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“Trust,” “My school, not the politicians’ school,” and “Not competition, no child left behind” are some principles of Finish education. Community and integration are what differentiate Finish education from other countries. Focusing on the philosophy of education, the deeper purpose of education instead of merely finding ways to outcompete one another, Finish schools demonstrate that education success starts with the principle ideology and not the technical details.

 

Most often times, I see education reform in the U.S. start with one specific reform geared toward improving one aspect of academic performance. However, Finland’s education system is redefining true education reform, which starts at the roots. I am beginning to think that education starts with a foundation of community as opposed to hierarchal competition.

 

However, I question how realistic such tight nit communities can be maintained with the advent of globalization and intermingling of different cultures, languages, and religions. 

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Finland's school system: The new Nokia? - YLE News

Finland's school system: The new Nokia? - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
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For more than a decade Finland has been lauded as an educational leader because of the country's stellar performance in the OECD's PISA assessments.
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So what system of the old seems to be deteriorating in the presence of the new? Although lightly referenced, almost to the point of disregard, homogeneity in Finland in terms of language, culture, and race seems to be breaking due to immigration. Globalization and thus global immigration is an unstoppable result of societal advancement. If Finland’s education system was initially so effective due to homogeneity, such advantage is no longer a guarantee.


With the setting of the following situation placed, I am beginning to question whether Finland’s education system was more effective compared to U.S. education system because of a better economy and rapid social reform (the generally understood reasons) or because of a fortunate continuation of relatively more homogeneity than the U.S. If this is the case, then the U.S. with diversity ranging from cultural, racial, to socioeconomic in all parts of the country seems to be the more progressed example of the effects of diversity that Finland is beginning to experience and display.


With diversity comes the need for more observation and accommodations. Accommodations have demonstrated its universal definition that they are tools to aid the exceptions to the norm  to help these exceptions become as normal as possible. However, if diversity becomes the norm, then exceptions become rampant and so everything requires accommodation. If everything requires accommodation then, the number of required resources, the amount of funding, and the amount of national government vigilance all need to be heightened. 

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Finland's Formula for School Success (Education Everywhere Series)

Early intervention and sustained individual support for every student are keys to educating the whole child in Finnish schools. Be sure to click "like" if yo...
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Community, yet personalization are highlighted as Finish educators discuss their policies on accommodating “special (learning disabled)” students. In fact in every Finish school, there is a welfare team composed of the principal, the special education teacher, the school nurse and psychologist, and the classroom (subject) teacher. These welfare teams meet weekly to discuss the progress of individual students in terms of their emotional, social, and intellectual developments. The welfare team monitors every child and aims to take early intervention, trying to provide necessary support to the students before the problem arises.

 

Maintaining an intimate community that keeps in mind every student seems only possible with a small group of students. However, in Finland, every school and every educator of that school is nearly completely aware of most social, academic, emotional, and other issues that may be affecting each child’s learning. Ironically enough, the U.S. seems to focus so narrowly on trying to higher its academic performance at a global level that it fails to put the students' social or emotional developments as an equal priority.

 

Yet, Finland demonstrates using student behavior in school and academic performance as indicators of social, emotional, and academic well-being. Finish educators work to support and solve the underlying issues, which in turn results in higher academic performance. For Finish educators, the student’s well-being in terms of all aspects of the developmental domains are understood as priority. Finish educators seem to believe that when these priorities are met, the natural result is higher academic performance.

 

In this light, the Finish education system seems to trump that of any other country. However, comparatively to the U.S., the U.S. education system does accommodate for “special” education students by engaging in assessments to diagnose learning disabilities and providing special educators. There are many other accommodations provided by the U.S. that are overlooked. Thus, this video seems to take a relatively successful education system (of Finland) and hyperbolize its success to the point of fantastical feasibility.  Thus, perhaps this video source is not completely valid. Given the concluded validity of the video and slightly hyperbolized content of the video, people of other nations probably believe that Finland is the epitome of effective education. Thus, other nations may strive to follow an unexpectedly flawed education system. 

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