Finland Education System could teach the West a new lesson


When discussing the education system, Finland has done it right. Ranking 3rd highest in the world for graduation rate (the US ranks in at #21 (#36 between the Slovak Republic and Lithuania as a developed education system), and possibly lower if social situation is taken into consideration), the West can learn a lot from its counterparts – literally.
Finnish classrooms more or less focus on the student as a growing individual deserving of nurture. Frequent breaks provide a low stress environment, and a shorter 5 hour day in school. Coupled with an average of 3 teachers per class room and class sizes under 20, each student receives a quality education that frankly, the average middle class westerner can only dream of.
There is also incentive for the teacher: higher wages and less hours, giving them the time and energy to provide their expertise. But the kicker is that there are no private schools in Finland, making it inexcusable to use private versus public as an excuse for, well, anything. In Finland, everything is based on equality.
Even more practical is the banning of smartphones in Finnish schools, and free, healthy lunches(though other countries supersede the USA in leaps with this category), and the ability to choose their own destiny upon arrival into 9th grade.
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The need to reconsider the US (and in this case, other Western societies’ education systems, such as Australia, which are beginning to mirror the US) is vitally important for the sake of our children’s future and well-being in an otherwise tumultuous world.

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