Top 10 Reasons FINLAND Has the World’s Best SCHOOL SYSTEM

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017
  • While it is almost impossible to say a single nation’s schools are the best in the world, one country that consistently performs extremely well on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exams for math, reading and science, may come as a surprise to many. Finland, a tiny nation of 5.5 million people, consistently makes the top 5 performers across those categories, making it the top educational performer in Europe and one of the strongest in the world. (Singapore, Japan, and South Korea are also strong performers, and China did not submit consolidated results for the most recent test.) Finland?! What?!

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    10. Kids get a Strong Start
    9. Top-Notch Teachers with Extensive Training
    8. High Levels of Teacher Autonomy
    7. Ample Funds to Help Weak Students Catch Up
    6. Teachers Don’t Teach to the Test (Because There Isn’t a Test)
    5. Kids Start School Late
    4. Joy and Play are Part of the Curriculum
    3. Everyone Attends Public School
    2. Finnish Kids Have Bright Futures, Tailored to Their Strengths and Interests
    1. Equality Amongst Schools

    Source/Further reading:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/04/finlands-baby-box-gift-from-santa-claus-or-socialist-hell/237240/
    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/07/the-secret-to-finlands-success-with-schools-moms-kids-and-everything/277699/
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/early-educations-top-model-finland/article4212334/
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/what-the-us-cant-learn-from-finland-about-ed-reform/2012/04/16/gIQAGIvVMT_blog.html?tid=a_inl
    https://edpolicy.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/secret-finland%E2%80%99s-success-educating-teachers.pdf
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-finlands-schools-successful-49859555/
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8601207.stm
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/finland-working-to-expand-early-education/2014/03/04/571aacf8-a3ba-11e3-8466-d34c451760b9_story.html
    http://hechingerreport.org/how-finland-broke-every-rule-and-created-a-top-school-system/
    https://www.amazon.com/Finnish-Lessons-Educational-Change-Finland/dp/0807752576
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-finlands-schools-successful-49859555/
    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-ignoring-about-finlands-school-success/250564/
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