A Perfect Example for the World – The Finnish Education System
The Nordic nations’ education and especially the Finnish system are well known to all in the education sector and beyond. Its benefits are great and numerous, and it has continually shown its supremacy over other nations’ education systems.
With this article, we aim to adequately explain the Finnish model, why it is so successful, and why the entire world should strive to either emulate or improve upon it.
The Finnish Education System Explained
The primary objective of the system is to provide equal opportunities to all citizens of Finland, so from the very start, every student is equal in their schools, no matter how good they are. In part, this is accomplished by making education free at all primary levels. Despite this being the case, education is not expensive for the country; the government still spends far less per pupil than countries like the US.
Every student has the right to get educational support, and those who require special assistance will receive it, but it’s performed together with mainstream education.
As for the curriculum, it’s usually quite different from place to place, while the government only provides a broad outline. With such freedom, many would think that the children are not educated properly, but the truth is the opposite. Quality is assured through the steering, not through control.
The children are not forced to learn; they even start much later than in other countries. There are barely any tests throughout the entire education years, and there are many more breaks and freedom for children to express themselves. Most of the time, the children learn by doing, not being forced to memorize lessons and facts.
After all of that, you should also know that more than 90% of these children continue their education and attend universities later on.
As for the teachers, only the best university students get the job, and a master's degree is required. There are also many more of them per student than in other countries. Their starting pays are not very high, but through time, they are much higher than the average. The teachers effectively are recognized of the same status as doctors and lawyers in their country.
In the end, every teacher has the same goal – to do whatever they can to teach the children and improve their lives.
Why Should the Rest of the World Emulate this System?
To most, the very explanation of the Finnish model should prove to be a good enough answer to this question. For the rest, the very fact that the system is successful should be more than enough.
Yes, it’s true that not every country can manage to create such a system, especially large ones like the USA, but it is still very possible, with certain modifications. Finland has proven that it’s not necessary to spend vast amounts of money and resources to do it. With any amount of will, deliberation, agreement, and enough push from the people, it’s possible in every country. Plus, it doesn’t have to be the same everywhere, the Finnish system should be a model on which other countries can make their versions.
As long as every government in the world includes the happiness and well-being into their future education system models, a successful and positive change is more than possible, it’s assured.