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Does Finland have something to teach us about education?

Asked by LostInParadise (18197 points ) November 12th, 2011

There has been a lot of attention paid to Finland’s success in international testing. Look at this link and follow some of the links on the blog. I find the comparison between Finland and Norway to be of interest. It counters the argument that the Finnish model can’t be applied elsewhere because the Finnish population is more homogeneous.

What I find most encouraging is that in this age of high tech fixes, the Finns turned around their education system by investing in people, their teachers. Given the education system in the U.S., I never gave serious consideration to becoming a teacher, even though my view and style is largely academic. If I had grown up in Finland, I may have felt differently. Teachers there are actually given respect and teachers are considered professionals on a par with other occupations.

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Blackberry's avatar

We all have a lot to learn from Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden in general.

thorninmud's avatar

Nah, can’t do that here. America keeps breaking stuff, so the Universe won’t let us have nice things like good education and healthcare. Yeah, so, sorry, we just can’t.

cazzie's avatar

I live in Norway, and if you are a Norwegian and grew up here, it’s a great place to live. If you are a middle aged foreigner, not so much. If you are a middle aged foreigner and browned skinned, it’s even worse. I have a friend with an asian accent and she had to get a lawyer involved so she could just get an appointment to look at an apartment to rent. Great health care and education, but bigots all the same.

Blackberry's avatar

Ok, maybe not…..lol.

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