Article: education in Finland

I'm not writing about this to lift myself up, no. It was an interesting read to me, of course, since I grew up in Finland, and I thought maybe some of you find it interesting as well. I never knew back then that the educational system was one of the top-notch in the whole world, but of course I am thankful!

Anyhow, the article mentions how there is no nation-wide testing. Well, there are national "matriculation" exams in the end of high school and for 9th grade, at the end of comprehensive school.

And it's true that teaching is a highly respected occupation there, which in turn attracts top-notch students to become teachers. BTW I have always felt that the MAIN problem with mathematics education in the U.S. goes back to the teachers, and not to the curriculum.

How Finland became an education leader

Another one on similar lines: West Virginia learns Finland's "most honorable profession": Teacher

I also found this article on CNN, that kind of ties in:
Why one good teacher quit. A high school math teacher is quitting and going into nursing because she can't make a living, and nurses make $20,000 more a year than she does.

Comments

Diane Allen said…
Very interesting article. Thanks for linking. As a former science teacher I can confirm what this teacher says about the pay and the career potential.
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Tammy said…
Great article and it poses the question... "If we keep comparing our students to their students to decide they aren't performing, why aren't we using the methods they use to get those results?"

I will say that having attended schools in both Europe and US (army brat) and having taught in US, there is a HUGE difference in cultural and societal expectations that I honestly think is the biggest problem.

I bet Finnish parents don't constantly badger teachers that the homework they assign interferes with travel ball practice and tournaments!

Truthfully, while I agree with the points on testing and treating teachers like professionals, etc... and will be the FIRST to admit that there are plenty of teachers in US classrooms that should not be there, education in this country is never going to get better, no matter WHAT we do, until society as a whole values it and makes it a priority over such mundane things as American Idol, SEC football, the NFL lockout, etc!
The same problem exists here is Canada. We too have a very high standard of education but it is quickly eroding. I myself left teaching and earn more as a self employed tutor while I no longer have to put up with corrupt administrators and classroom behaviour problems.
Hey Maria. Thanks for this wonderful post. You gave such good opportunity to know about education system of Finland. Like to know more about this.

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