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8 Ways Finland Gives Its Children the Education System America Can Only Dream of

8 Ways Finland Gives Its Children the Education System America Can Only Dream of | Finland | Scoop.it
You're going to wish that you grew up in Finland after reading this.

Apples and oranges — that's what it's like to compare the education systems of the U.S. and Finland. Finland's is wildly successful — consistently topping international rankings. The United States' lags behind its European and Asian peers.

The numbers alone make a case against drawing lessons from Finland. In Finland, there are approximately 1.2 million total students (of all levels). That's about the same number of students in New York City's public education system. While Finland is relatively homogeneous, the U.S. is home to a diverse, multi-ethnic population. Finland reaps revenue from its large corporate taxes, cushioning its public education system while the U.S. simply does not.

So, why look to Finland? In short, the country has taken calculated risks. It's got their million dollar question right. On the state level, the U.S. could learn a lot from Finland's unconventional moves.




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Kali Cordes's curator insight, February 13, 2014 4:58 PM

This article was about how the school system in Finland compares to the US school system. After reading this I was really interested in whether or not it would ever be possible for the US education system to make changes drastic enough to get the kind of results other countries receive every year. The Finnish education system has a completely different system, focusing on the success of students based on the success of the teachers, along with other factors like the amount of daily activity and amount of time spent in the classroom. Hopefully the US finds a way to create a system with results as good as those of others countries.

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If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

- Finland is the world's most "successful" country socially, economically and politically according to Washington think tank, the Fund for Peace.

- A recent UN report ranked Finland the second happiest country in the world, behind Denmark, based on wealth, political freedom, strong social networks and an absence of corruption.

- Finnish students are also the best in the West, achieving extraordinarily high scores in a triennial survey for the OECD. Finland rivals East Asian educational hothouses such as Singapore and South Korea but without those countries' high-pressure homework expectations.

- The country is conspicuously equal in other arenas, too. It was, for instance, the first in the world to give women the vote in 1906, 12 years before the UK and 14 before the U.S.

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Reading the PISA Tea Leaves: Who Is Responsible for Finland’s Decline and the Asian Magic

Reading the PISA Tea Leaves: Who Is Responsible for Finland’s Decline and the Asian Magic | Finland | Scoop.it

While the Finns are right to be concerned about their education, it would be a huge mistake to believe that their education has gotten worse. Finland’s slip in the PISA ranking has little to do with what Finland has or has not done. It has been pushed down by others. In other words, Finland’s education quality as measured by the PISA may have not changed at all and remains strong, but the introduction of other education systems that are even better at taking tests has made Finland appear worse than it really is.

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Let teachers teach, say Finns

Let teachers teach, say Finns | Finland | Scoop.it

In the second film in a series, BBC Wales education correspondent Arwyn Jones asks those in power in Finland how they maintain education standards as the country has topped international rankings in the past.

When the last set of Pisa results came out three years ago, Wales had slipped down the tables and is hoping for a better showing in the latest figures next week.

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The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Finland

The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

By now my followers know that I am a big fan of Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg and his book, the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award winning Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? The Harvard Graduate School of Education recently named Sahlberg a visiting professor of practice beginning January 2014.Today I am pleased to welcome Pasi Sahlberg along with Finnish teacher and counselor, Timo Ilomaki, to The Global Search for Education - Got Tech? series to share their perspectives.

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Rovio reveals Angry Birds Playground education program | Apps Playground

Rovio reveals Angry Birds Playground education program | Apps Playground | Finland | Scoop.it

Can children learn from Angry Birds? Learn more than which angles to ping birds at pigs, we mean. The games’ developer Rovio thinks they can.

Today, it’s unveiled something called Angry Birds Playground, a “learning concept” based on the national curriculum in the company’s home country of Finland, but designed to be used around the world. It was originally announced last year, aimed at 3-8 year-olds.

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Finland - Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education

Finland's schools are well integrated in communities and teachers are highly committed, making it a top PISA performer with little variation among pupils of differing backgrounds.

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Helsinki dismisses teacher for using physical force

Helsinki dismisses teacher for using physical force | Finland | Scoop.it

The Helsinki Department of Education has dismissed a teacher at the Alppila middle school over an incident in which the teacher forcibly removed a pupil from the school's cafeteria who was causing a disturbance. The incident has aroused a debate about the right of teachers to use physical force.

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Finland's School System - Infographic

Finland's School System - Infographic | Finland | Scoop.it
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AnnC's curator insight, April 11, 2013 10:56 PM

What keeps us from learning from those who have better results?

Jordi Castells's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:43 PM

Christal clear ! They're ahead !

Julia_Ryu's curator insight, May 15, 2013 5:10 AM

Finland has a good school system! I want to share this information with you if you interesting about education or Finland look more seriously.

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MPs call for fees for non-EU students

MPs call for fees for non-EU students | Finland | Scoop.it
The majority of Finnish MPs are in favour of third-level fees for students coming from outside the EU or the European Economic Area.
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Increasing Finnish education export and boosting teachers’ employment are cited as aims behind the initiative.

“We should capitalize on Finland’s high reputation in the field of education, and use this for the benefit of the national economy,” note MPs Arto Satonen from the National Coalition, Jukka Kärnä from SDP, Ari Torniainen from the Centre Party, and Reijo Tossavainen of the Finns Party.

According to the MPs who drafted the initiative, the majority of foreign students who take English language degrees in Finland go on to work outside the country.

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Why Are Finnish Kids So Smart?

Why Are Finnish Kids So Smart? | Finland | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has scored at the top of every category and has increasingly been held up as a model for educational reform. But, why? Producer Eric Bombicino explores Finland's unique education system.

 

"The Finnish system's success is built on the idea that: "less can be more." This may appear counter-intuitive to many within other educational systems in which standards and effectiveness are measured in standardised data and evidence trails. The absence of corrosive competition and an egalitarian ethos inherent in the Finnish culture has surely played a role in shaping this very impressive system."

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Teach-it-yourself Finnish education - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Education

Teach-it-yourself Finnish education - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Education | Finland | Scoop.it

Play the ukulele, repair your bike, manage global crises, discover the usefulness of doing things wrong, or make tortillas: An event run by think tank Demos Helsinki includes dozens of peer-learning workshops, part of a growing trend towards education with a do-it-yourself twist.

Finland is widely known for its successful education system, which repeatedly wins top marks in international surveys and global comparisons. How does this dovetail with a workshop called “The Basics of Playing Ukulele,” held recently at one of the country’s premiere rock festivals?

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The Finnish National Board of Education - Vocational Upper Secondary Education and Training

The Finnish National Board of Education - Vocational Upper Secondary Education and Training | Finland | Scoop.it
If you're interested in the Finnish vocational high schools system information is right here http://t.co/8opuY2Ku...

 

Students in vocational upper secondary education and training are mainly aged 16-25 years. The school-based education system means full-time studies for three years at a vocational institution. Education and training of compulsory studies is primarily organised in year classes. Else, students follow their individual study plans.

In the apprenticeship system, training is not based on age groups. The minimum age is 15 and there is no maximum age.

Geographical accessibility of education in Finland is high. The school network is comprehensive at all levels of education throughout the country...

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Why Students Do Better Overseas

Why Students Do Better Overseas | Finland | Scoop.it
The United States has much to learn from other countries, especially in preparing teachers and paying for schools.

Finland: Teacher Training

Though it dropped several rankings in last year’s tests, Finland has for years been in the highest global ranks in literacy and mathematical skills. The reason dates to the postwar period, when Finns first began to consider creating comprehensive schools that would provide a quality, high-level education for poor and wealthy alike. These schools stand out in several ways, providing daily hot meals; health and dental services; psychological counseling; and an array of services for families and children in need. None of the services are means tested. Moreover, all high school students must take one of the most rigorous required curriculums in the world, including physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy, music and at least two foreign languages.

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Finn-ished

Finn-ished | Finland | Scoop.it

WHEN the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests to focus on maths results were published a decade ago, Finland’s blue-cross flag fluttered near the top of the rankings. Its pupils excelled at numeracy, and topped the table in science and reading. Education reformers found the prospect of non-selective, high-achieving and low-stress education bewitching...

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Finland Used To Have The Best Education System In The World — What Happened?

Finland Used To Have The Best Education System In The World — What Happened? | Finland | Scoop.it

 

Since it was reformed 40 years ago, Finland's education system has frequently been held up as one of the best in the world.

Today, that changed. Tbe OECD released its PISA global rankings that showed how students in various countries were doing in reading, science, and math. Finland ranked 12th, just behind Estonia.

That's a big drop. Finland had topped the PISA rankings in 2000, 2003, and 2006, and consistently ranked near the top in other years. This year, however, Finnish students had dropped by 2.8% in mathematics, 1.7% in reading and 3% in science.

"The golden days are over," Finnbay, a Finnish news organization wrote just after the results came out.

 
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Teacher Training in Finland: Reflections from a Recent Graduate

Teacher Training in Finland: Reflections from a Recent Graduate | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland believes in high-quality teacher education. Students apply to enter teacher colleges at the end of high school. The small nation’s eight teacher preparation institutions are highly selective. Only one of ten applicants is accepted, based on multiple measures, including an essay, an entry test, an interview, and evidence of a high motivation to teach. In addition to studying liberal arts subjects and the subjects they will teach, future teachers study pedagogy, theory, and conduct research about education. They learn how to teach students with disabilities. They take the study of education seriously. They practice teaching. Preparing to become a teacher takes five years. -Diane Ravitch 
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Elizabeth Louw's curator insight, March 26, 3:55 PM

Taking the study of education seriously and  holding teachers in high esteem in society  just seem to make sense. It isn't the reality in many countries. 

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Finland from a Teacher's Perspective

Finland from a Teacher's Perspective | Finland | Scoop.it

I was asked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to write an article comparing the US and Finnish education systems; I was pleased to do so. It took me hours upon hours because I wanted to do justice to the comparison. As you already know, I love Finland, its people, and I love what Finns do for their children. I hope I've captured some of this beauty.

Enjoy!

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The best education in the world…

The best education in the world… | Finland | Scoop.it
Click to see the picture and write a comment... (The #best #education in the world: http://t.co/g8rRyAPQDF #Finland)
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What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools? | Finland | Scoop.it
Why the U.S. emphasis on "teacher effectiveness" won't by itself really improve schools.

Finland’s Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and the author of the best-selling“Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?” In this piece he writes about whether the emphasis that American school reformers put on “teacher effectiveness” is really the best approach to improving student achievement.

 

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Ena Harrop's curator insight, October 31, 2013 5:25 PM

A book Mr Gove would do well to read. 

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Need a Job? Invent It

Need a Job? Invent It | Finland | Scoop.it
Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more “innovation ready” than “college ready.”

 

Who is doing it right?

“Finland is one of the most innovative economies in the world,” he said, “and it is the only country where students leave high school ‘innovation-ready.’ 

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Darren Smith's curator insight, April 7, 2013 9:43 PM

21st Century Learners. Australia needs to focus on critical thinking!

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The Global Search for Education: What Will Finland Do Next?

The Global Search for Education: What Will Finland Do Next? | Finland | Scoop.it
Systematic pursuit of children's wellbeing and happiness in secure environments takes precedence over measured academic achievements in Finnish schools, according to Pasi Sahlberg, author of the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award winning book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? It was the book many educators turned to last year to find ways to make their own schools better. Sahlberg explained to me that Finland will continue to work on the same mission it has had for over 40 years: to give access to high quality and safe schools for all children regardless of their family backgrounds, domiciles, mother tongues, or abilities. Thinking forward, what can we learn from the newer strategies being pursued by Finland's education reformers to stay at the top? I asked Pasi to discuss this further in The Global Search for Education. 
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Benson shares education lessons from Finland > The Harvard Press

Benson shares education lessons from Finland > The Harvard Press | Finland | Scoop.it
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Paper: unruly pupils face tougher sanctions

Paper: unruly pupils face tougher sanctions | Finland | Scoop.it

The paper claims Minister of Education Jukka Gustafsson plans to initiate a change to the law governing school discipline.

In practice, a work correction order would allow a teacher to order a pupil, for example, to clean up the mess caused by his or her actions. Current legislation prevents this.

In a recent incident, a school principle received a warning from the Deputy Chancellor of Justice for ordering a pupil found smoking en route to school to write about the offence.

In the opinion of Minister Jukka Gustafsson, a more modern approach to detention should be adopted.

“Instead of staring at an empty wall for an hour or two, more beneficial activity could be carried out,” he suggested.

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What Finnish schooling teaches us | Barrier Breakers

What Finnish schooling teaches us | Barrier Breakers | Finland | Scoop.it

Link­ing a couple of ‘riffs’ from pre­vi­ous posts — edu­ca­tion + tech­no­logy — this post pon­ders whether Finland’s remark­able edu­ca­tional achieve­ments over the last 40 years have any rela­tion­ship to the use of technology.

In a recent present­a­tion at the Houses of Par­lia­ment, Dr Pasi Sal­h­berg shared “Finnish Les­sons”, demon­strat­ing the suc­cess of an edu­ca­tion path dia­met­ric­ally dif­fer­ent from that being taken in the UK…goodness, they abol­ished the schools inspect­or­ate! And rather than tak­ing the road of com­pet­i­tion and stand­ard­ised test­ing, they’ve taken the road of par­ity. Now Fin­land tops the inter­na­tional league tables.

And what part has tech­no­logy played in this?

One of the 5 key Finnish Les­sons was that we need “greater emphasis on ped­agogy and less on technology.” 

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