13 Things to Learn From Finland’s Education System

1. Let the Children Play

The Finns are in no hurry to send off their children to school.  This gives the children sufficient time to use their imagination, learn important life skills and prepare for the long road ahead.

Children Playing in School

2. High Quality Daycare and Nursery Kindergarten

Daycare is considered critical for developing the cooperation and communication skills necessary to prepare young children for lifelong education. That is the reason why it is highly subsidized.

High Quality Kindergarten

3. Respect for Each Child’s Individuality

Finnish early childhood education emphasizes on giving each child a chance to develop as a unique person. They guide the children in the development of social and interactive skills and interests to care about others and have positive attitude towards other people, cultures and different environment. Good relationship is built between teachers and student as teachers are likely stick with the same group of students for 5 years. This helps the teachers to understand the students better.

Children Individuality in Finland Education

4. Helping Parents Learn Parenting

Parents of newborn babies are given 3 books, one each for both parents and a baby book for the child as part of a “maternity package”.

Helping Parents in Parenting

5. No Exams Until Children are In Their Teens

The teachers of Finland think they know far more about the children than what the tests can tell them and the system supports this philosophy. Only one mandatory standardized test is taken in Finland when the children are at the age of 16. No wonder the kids look so happy.

No exams in Finland until teenage

6. No Child Left Behind

Children during the first 9 years of school are provided with 30% extra help and moreover the struggling students are provided with extra teachers. Children with different IQ levels whether clever or not are taught in the same classroom.

All children are treated equally in Finland Education System

7. Low Student-Teacher Ratio

Each classroom consists of 20 student per class whereas science class includes 16 students per class so that there is room enough for performing practical experiments in each class.

Ratio of children and teacher is low

8. Sufficient Recess Time

In elementary school the Recess time is 75 minutes which is more compared to the USA which is 27 minutes. This is a motivating and refreshing factor for the students.

Enough recess time

9. High QualityTeachers

Teachers have master’s degree which are fully subsidized. They are selected from top 10% of graduates.

High quality teachers in Finland

10. Less Teaching and More learning

Teachers are free to use own method of teaching rather than following orthodox methods. They might only teach for 4 hours of the school day spending 2 hours on building curriculum and assessing student’s problems.

Focus on learning

11. Option of Going to Vocational Schools

43% of the high school students go to vocational schools. The Finnish Education System recognizes and respects all professions, academic and vocational.

Option of going to vocational school

12. State Funded Education

The entire education system is funded by the state. Finnish parents do not need to worry about how they are going to send their children off to college.

Entire education funded by government in Finland

13. Respect for Profession

Teaching is regarded as a respected profession in Finland as the teachers are given the same status as doctors and lawyers and paid handsomely.

Respect for teaching profession