Kids Need To Be Kids by Valerie Cheers Brown

“Americans could learn a lot from the Finnish Education System.”

According to Abby Jackson of the Business Insider, “Finland is an innovative country when it comes to education, and its innovation yields results. It’s consistently one of the highest performing developed countries on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an important tool for measuring education systems worldwide.”

“While Finland’s ranking dropped to 12 in the most recent PISA ranking, it’s still a lot higher than the US ranking of 36.”

Finland students rank so high due to:

Better standardized tests which only take one standardized test during their entire primary and secondary schooling.”

By contrast, the US, driven by No Child Left Behind and Common Core mandates, requires students in third through eighth grade to take annual standardized tests to track their performance. Critics claim constant testing doesn’t make students any smarter but instead creates a “teaching to the test” environment in schools.

Karen Magee, the president of the largest teachers union in New York, went so far as to urge parents to boycott standardized tests recently.

The Finnish test, called the National Matriculation Examination, is taken at the end of high school and graded by teachers, not computers, as Pasi Sahlberg a professor and former director general at the Finland Ministry of Education, explained to the Washington Post in 2014. The test also doesn’t shy away from controversial or complex topics.

Secondly, “Students in Finland spend relatively little time on homework, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A 2014 study of 15-year-olds around the world by the OECD said that on average, Finnish students spend 2.8 hours a week on homework. This contrasts noticeably from the 6.1 hours American students spend per week.”

Third, now get this……college is free! Yes, college is free and “In Finland, not only are bachelor degree programs completely free of tuition fees, so are master and doctoral programs. Students pursue higher education goals without the mountains of student loan debt that many American students face.

“And the same goes for foreign students. Tuition is free for any student accepted into a college or graduate program in Finland.”

Last, but not least……”In Finland, teaching is one of the most revered professions with a relatively high barrier to entry.

“Only one in 10 students who apply to teacher education programs are admitted, according to the Center on International Education Benchmarking (CIEB).”

“Teachers in Finland are treated like professors at universities, and they teach fewer hours during the day than US teachers, with more time devoted to lesson planning.”

“They also get paid slightly more in Finland. The average teacher in the US makes about $41,000 a year, compared to $43,000 in Finland, according to OECD data.”

So what’s in charge of the error? According to Sarah Kaufman of the World.mic ” Finland doesn’t stack the weight on its understudies nor test scores — it empowers creative ability and flexibility.”

“It doesn’t demand that A’s in cutting edge level classes characterize an effective individual.”

“Rather, the Finland Educational system cultivates a domain of accomplishment through independence or critical thinking of students.”

“The main thing American educational systems can gain from Finland is that there ought to be less emphasis on being successful in academia….but instead to be “fruitful” in the scholarly world.”

“The schools in Finland don’t have gifted classes and again….they don’t believe in excessive test scoring either, but put less pressure on students and encourage higher performing from students.”

“The Finnish schools believe that schools which encourage their students to participate or performing students helps weaker counterparts or students.”

The result? “The Finnish educational system environment thinks less about rank and much more about learning.”

“This would seem to be a more caring technique of learning for American students.”

Finland does put big emphasis on getting into the best college and this begins as early as when children are in preschool.

“In Finnish schools, there are no skilled classes, which implies less weight.”

“Rather than urging youngsters to contend, Finnish schools urge higher performing understudies to help their weaker partners.”

The outcome? “A situation where understudies contemplate rank, and more about learning.”

What can Americans learn from Finnish Educational Systems?

“In the U.S., on the other hand, parents worry about getting their children on the fast track to a good college from as early as preschool.”

“This puts pressure on the child to get good grades at a young age.”

“Self-reliance isn’t taught as much as how to conform to specific expectations.”

“Gifted classes in American high schools create hierarchies among students and parents.”

“Rules in the classroom sometimes repress their creativity.”

“Multiple choice tests, book reports and tough discipline can cause brilliant students to fall through the cracks or lose interest in school.”

“It’s additionally in Finland they believe that is it the teachers’ business to guarantee that each individual student stays engaged and roused.”

“Educators are getting it done when they feel rested and respected or better still, regarded; which is the reason such a large number of Finnish instructors are great at what they do.”

The way of life encompassing instructing in Finland is a greater number of prestigious than that of the U.S., and the showing calling is hoisted on a larger amount.?

“To be a teacher in Finland is very aggressive: More than 40 individuals here and there apply for a solitary occupation.”

“And here’s the kicker: Their salaries are similar to U.S. teachers. It’s with the responsibility that comes the prestige. They are considered the entrepreneurs of Finland’s curriculum.”

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