For years, Finland has been touted to have one of the best education systems in the world. Many have marveled at the country’s different approach to educating students with some citing how other countries could take a leaf off the Finnish education playbook. Here are some of the reasons why Finland is probably one of the best places in the world to be a student.
“No pressure” seems to be one of the most common themes you will find the Finland’s approach to education. Formal schooling for children start much later compared with other countries across the globe. With children starting school at seven years old, they spend more years outside a formal education setting. Finnish students also have more options that allow them to choose an educational path that best fit them. They can choose to go to the three-year upper secondary school program that will prepare them for university. Or they can opt for a three-year vocational education program that gives them the skill to enter the workforce straight out of school or to get more training and education at a Polytechnical College.
Less structured environment
Most education systems in the world follow a structured environment that often involves standardized tests. Finland’s approach to educating its students, however, follows a different path. There is less structure and more freedom both for students and teachers. Finnish students enjoy more and longer breaks compared with other students around the world. They also have less homework thus allowing them to focus on other things outside school.
School starts at around 9:00AM, or sometimes later, in Finland. This gives students more time for sleep and rest. Lessons also end fairly early so the total amount of time students spend in school is much lower compared with others.
Teachers have more quality time planning lessons
Finnish teachers spend less number of hours every year teaching compared with peers from other countries. This gives them more time for lesson planning and other activities that help them develop better curriculum for their students.