What’s So Great About Schools in Finland? (via MindShift)

This month, MindShift highlights the amazing Finnish school system. Finland has by far the best school system in the world – but why?

MindShift points to a few key elements:

  • There are no private schools (a few independent schools exist, but they don’t charge tuition and are funded by the state)
  • All administrators have worked as teachers
  • They don’t focus on tests
  • Teaching is a revered profession (in the US, teacher are often labeled as ‘glorified babysitters’)
  • Fins trust teachers
  • They integrate foreign students

To read the full article in more detail, see it here.


5 thoughts on “What’s So Great About Schools in Finland? (via MindShift)

  1. Jim Wheeler

    Outstanding article, Jennifer. The most cogent point it makes, in my opinion, is that education is not something that can be easily or fairly measured and therefore should not be a matter for competition. If one accepts that then it’s easy to understand American high school dropout rates and the utter failure of NCLB.

  2. Titta Suvanto

    Hello from Finland. This is my first visit here in your blog and it payed off immediately. Thanks. I read through the article linked by Robert and find it a realistic and familiar picture of our school system. Thank you for this also.
    Here in my blog post is a document trailer embedded,made by an american reporter Robert A. Compton. The main points of “What is so great” are listed there:
    It is said that we fins rarely praise about our doings but in the same time we are very eager to know if we liked or not. Maybe all this publicity around our school system has had a strengthening effect – I can feel it also in my work as a elementary school teacher. So thank you also for noticing 🙂

  3. getting a teaching degree

    I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too short for starters. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.


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