Finland’s staggering record of education success, is a phenomenon that has both baffled and inspired many worldwide educators. What is the secret of the Nordic nation’s scholastic supremacy? This video offers some answers.
What’s important to remember is that there are no mandated standardised tests in Finland, other than one exam at the end of students’ senior year in secondary school. There are no rankings, no comparisons or competition between students, schools or regions.
Finland’s schools are also publicly-funded. The people in the government agencies running them, from national officials to local authorities, are educators, not business leaders, military figures or career politicians. Consequently, every school has the same national goals and draws from the same pool of university-trained educators. The result is that a Finnish child has a good shot at getting the same quality of education, no matter whether he or she lives in a rural village or a university town.
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