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2 Million Minutes Around the World Project

Finland's Education System

BrittAny Stockton

on 24 January 2013

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Transcript of 2 Million Minutes Around the World Project

Children do not start school til age seven this is when they are first taught to read Preschools - Free
- Supervised by certified college graduates
- Focus on social growth, emotional growth, and self-reliance rather than academics 2 Million Minutes Finland Gifted Programs? there are NONE
- no valedictorians
- no honors
-all children treated equally - students do not wear uniforms
- children are often barefoot as if at home Tutoring struggling students receive free extra tutoring BrittAny Marie Stockton Contemporary Issues There are no private schools Testing - students rarely take exams until they are well in their teens
- there is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland which is taken at age 16 Recess Elementary Students get 75 minutes of recess VS the US average of 27 Teachers - only spend 4 hours per day in class
- 2 hours a week of "professional development"
- all teachers must have a masters
-teachers are selected from top 10% of graduates Teachers are given the same status as doctors and lawyers Teachers are called by their first name Atmosphere No tardy bells often lounges with fireplaces The Money The average starting salary of a Finnish teacher was 29,000 in 2008 High School teachers with 15 years of experience make 102% of what other college grads make No merit pay for teachers Curriculum The national curriculum is only broad guidelines Teachers have great independence they design their own lesson plans and choose their own textbooks School system is 100% state funded Finland spends 30% less per student than the US Students never have more than 1/2 an hours worth of homework College 20 colleges exist~all are free 66% of graduates go to college
this is the highest rate in Europe 93% of Finns graduate from High School
this is 17.5% higher than the US educational competition is downplayed
schools are not ranked against each other The School Day School Day starts between 8 and 9 and ends between 1 and 2 Free lunches Educational Policy One of the basic principles of Finnish education is that all people must have equal access to high-quality education and training The basic right to education and culture is recorded in the Constitution . The Development Plan is adopted by the government every four years, and it directs the implementation of the education and research policy goals stated in the Government Programme. Rankings Takeaway Finland's students have a lot less pressure and a much lighter workload teachers are viewed the same as doctors and lawyers the early years are based more on a student's mental state and abilities rather than on their academics
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