Within the last few decades, Finland had constructed a world-class Educational System that differs immensely from the educational system of the United States. With some of the most intelligent and well-rounded teachers and students, it has been named one of the finest in the world. This is largely due to the minimalist approach that Finland takes when it comes to their education system.

Standardized education

Contrary to the American educational system and many others, the Finnish school is far from standardized. Education is publicly funded, therefore, each child has the same quality of education despite where they live.

School and student rankings are non-existent. The schools are much smaller and school days are much shorter with much more ‘free’ and ‘play’ time. This allows teachers to individually get to know their students and more time to develop effective curriculum. Also, teachers and professors are not limited by excessive regulations. They have the ability to use their own education and professional experience to experiment with their curriculum to develop better learning standards for their students.

If one approach fails or seems ineffective, they innovate accordingly. Aside from the single test that each high-school senior takes prior to graduating, the country does not have standardized testing.

Homework is minimal and even discouraged. Despite this, the young Finnish are named as some of the most proficient readers in the world. Finland is one of the very few countries that provides funded food, whereas in many countries a school lunch is an extra expense. They also pay a subsidy of $100+ to parents of students, regardless if they are employed or not, until the day the child turns 17.

No more subjects

On top of their already top-tier schooling system, recently, it was revealed that Finland plans to do away with all traditional school subjects by 2020 in efforts to expand the full potential of the Finnish students. This includes literature, history, science, math, and geography. This will leave students and teachers with the freedom to use different modes of academic disciplines in order to educate themselves on a variety of matters.

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