The country's achievements in education have other nations, especially the United States, doing their homework
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The notion of investing in the Finnish people is detailed in this article. After World War II and the acquistion of independence in Finland, this European nation had to rebuild itself. They decided to invest in the School. Much of the nation's money and resources were devoted to education and the rebuilding of the education in FInland. The School of Finland would be the solution for many of the social, political and economic problems within the country. WIthin this new proposal to invest in the school came the investment in teachers. Teachers were called to receive a 5th year masters degree from one of the eight universities in Finland that offer education; with an only 10% acceptance rate. The teachers in Finland are very intensive and invested into their students. The ratio of students to teachers is lower than most countries and within each classroom there are multiple teachers and aides that oversee the ongoings of education. The article gives us insight on what happens with the students who may need special attention and care. The students are paired with teachers who seemingly do whatever it takes to see that student succeed. Specialists are requested for those struggling in school and the specialists stick with the kids for however long it takes.
What is extremely interesting is the Finnish distaste for standardized testing. In America we are so conditioned and structured by assessments analyzing our "intelligence" that we aren't as properly instructed on how to learn. Many teachers here simply teach to the test because the results of tests are how both the students and teachers are evaluated. In Finland the teachers instruct their students on simply how to learn; tests dont tell you all there is to know about an individual. The only test that is throughly analyzed is the test taken after senior year of high school, the rest aren't publicized. The Finnish education system could care less about the rankings conducted by the Program For International Student Assessment (PISA)-which they score impressively high on. The standardized tests do not declare one's intelligence the Finns believe. Their students are taught to learn and to thrive in whichever path of life they may choose to pursue. Equipped by strong teachers and a supportive school system, the Finnish are doing what few nations have done: invest in people.