Country With the World's Most Successful Education System

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    We probably don't need to go much beyond the above quote to explain the great success of Finland's educational system.

    Although the country is comparatively small, Finland has the principal research and development offices of Nokia -- along with 800 other high-tech companies, some overflowing their expertise into neighboring Russia.

    This country, not too far from the Arctic circle, is considered to be in the top three of the world’s most competitive countries.

    The reason seems clear: its educational system.

    The Finnish government keeps the pressure on students to a point that they complain of a lack of fun at school. At the same time, there are no nationwide exams or even final tests. There is continuous assessment -- a mixture of monthly tests and teacher evaluations.

    The Finns make sure that all children get fed by providing free meals at school. They subsidize student travel, which they feel is a major part of the education process.

    However badly behaved, no student fears expulsion. The emphasis is "getting to the bottom of" whatever behavior problems emerge.

    Only 15 per cent of those who apply to be teachers are accepted, even though pay levels are about average for Europe. A master’s degree is required. (Not unrelated, for it's size this country has one of the highest percentage of Ph.D.s in the world.) Teachers are regularly sent on courses during their long holidays to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

    The Finns focus on students in need and reject a class-stratified educational system. They feel that equality in the classroom ends up being a plus and not a hindrance to overall progress.

    Thus, the educational gap between the "haves" and the "have-not's" shrinks, and the overall level of student and adult achievement in the country is raised.

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    I thought the united states was the best country in the world. Between medical, educational and basic standards of living, we suck. Especially child mortality rates.
     
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    But...But...But.... progressive education doesn't work :(

    I'd point out, that the big secret here is that Finland has made education a priority, something many of the individual States in the Union did not do. The States hit the hardest by the loss of manufacturing jobs overseas are often the States that prioritized education lowest.

    There are good high paying jobs in the USA still, and good successful companies looking for homes. The trick is, to get that job, and to draw in that company you and your community have had to make education a priority.
     
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    This is the secret source of Finnish success.
    The school pushes the students.
    It is tough.
    NO cakewalk social promotion bull here.
    Hence, students learn.
     
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    Pffffffft.
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    I think you are ignoring all the other aspects of their teaching methods.

    Anything we do to improve education will involve a finacial investment and the only answer the conservatives have to that idea is "throwing money at the problem" is wrong.

    Every corporation who seeks to improve any aspect of their business starts by an investment in the future operations ("throwing money at the problem") yet people refuse to allow any attempts to do so in our government.
     
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    Much of the problems with the US education fall back upon the parents and citizens of the USA.

    Many just use school as a babysitter and feeder of their children.
    Parent participation is miserable. You will see a direct correletion between the levels of parent participation and student achievements.
    And I am not talking about participating in soccer or somesuch.
     
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    You cant force parents to participate. You have to do what they do and feed them a decent meal and then engauge their minds while they are at school.

    That is what this system does and it works.
     
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    Ouch.
     
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    PHHHTTTTTTTtttttttt.......

    Hope this already hasn't been mentioned, but here goes:

    1. I wonder, how many FSL (Finnish as Second Language) Finland Has?

    2. I wonder, how much Racial Diversity Finland Has?

    Let's compare ourselves with other apples instead of oragnes.
     
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