Monday, August 4, 2014

Finland's Education Success Model!

Finland's Education Success Model | What is the Key to Finland's Education Success?

Finnish schools are known worldwide for top PISA scores, innovative teaching, and very successful happy students! Why? They don't ignore students interest, talents, and real passions! Sir Ken Robinson and Pasi Sahlberg are the sages of sustainable academic achievement, real success that is NOT based on arbitrary external experimental standards and reforms. Finnish schools, according to all reports have the happiest children, and that in my opinion is more important than Finland's high PISA scores. Dedicated to Amanda my Student Teacher! Sean 

Education in Finland is an education system with no tuition fees and with fully subsidised meals served to full-time students. The present Finnish education system consists of daycare programs (for babies and toddlers) and a one-year "pre-school" (or kindergarten for six-year-olds); a nine-year compulsory basic comprehensive school (starting at age seven and ending at the age of fifteen); post-compulsory secondary general academic and vocational education; higher education (University and University of Applied Sciences); and adult (lifelong, continuing) education. The Finnish strategy for achieving equality and excellence in education has been based on constructing a publicly funded comprehensive school system without selecting, tracking, or streaming students during their common basic education. Part of the strategy has been to spread the school network so that pupils have a school near their homes whenever possible or, if this is not feasible, e.g. in rural areas, to provide free transportation to more widely dispersed schools. Inclusive special education within the classroom and instructional efforts to minimize low achievement are also typical of Nordic educational systems. wiki

After their nine-year basic education in a comprehensive school, students at the age of 16 may choose to continue their secondary education in either an academic track (lukio) or a vocational track (ammattikoulu), both of which usually take three years. Tertiary education is divided into university and polytechnic (ammattikorkeakoulu, also known as university of applied sciences) systems. Universities award licentiate- and doctoral-level degrees. Formerly, only university graduates could obtain higher (postgraduate) degrees, however, since the implementation of the Bologna process, all bachelor degree holders can now qualify for further academic studies. There are 17 universities and 27 universities of applied sciences in the country. wiki

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