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Friday, April 09, 2010

Why do Finland's schools get the best results?

In Finland, schools do not compete with one another and their philosophy basically surrounds trust. Teaching is a prestigious and recognised career in Finland and teachers are highly valued and regarded.

In a class, there will a second additional teacher who helps those who are weak in a particular subject. There is no such thing as streaming in Finland unlike Singapore and all pupils are all kept in the same classroom, regardless of their ability in that particular subject. From primary to secondary schooling, all students and teachers are together i.e. teachers and students know and understand one another and all grow together to avoid any potential disruption. No student is left behind.

The Finnish philosophy with education is that everyone has something to contribute and those who struggle in certain subjects should not be left behind.

The system's success is built on the idea of less can be more. There is an emphasis on relaxed schools, free from political prescriptions. This combination, they believe, means that no child is left behind.

Why do Finland's schools get the best results? [via]

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