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"The Finland Phenomenon"

A deeper look into Finland education systems

Amy Davis

on 16 November 2011

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The Finland Phenomenon Inside the World's Most Surprising School System
By: Amy Davis (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr Trust Students Teachers Ministry
Municipalities (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr Statistics Percentage of high-school students who graduate
Finland 93%
U.S 75.5% Estimated number of madated standard tests by senior year of public school
Finland 0
U.S. 12
Annual amount spent per secondary school student (adjusted for purchasing power)
Finland $7,829
U.S. $11,301
Background 1960s
Only 1 in 10 adult Finns had completed more than nine years of basic education
A University degree uncommon
Public education best shot at economic recovery
Educate everybody
"The Finnish Miracle"
Undistinguished education to top-scoring OECD nation for PISA

Families Equality "Equality is the most important word in Finnish education"
Difference between weakest and strongest students are the smallest in the world. -OECD
Every school has the same national goals
National goal to mainstream all children
All children taught in the same classroom

Almost unheard of for a child to show up hungry or homeless
The state subsidizes parents
Schools provide food, medical care, counseling and taxi service if needed
Every school draws from the same pool of university-trained educators

Teachers Rigorous teacher program
Written national entrance exam
Interview process
1 in 10 applicants accepted
Masters degree at state expense (5 to 7 1/2 years)
Student teaching
No inspectorate
Earn close to national average salary level
Pay difference for senior teachers
Usually stay for life

The Results Rankings based on 2009 international standardized PISA tests

Reading Science Math
U.S. 15 23 31
So how does Finland score so much higher than the United States?... References Hancock, L. (2011). A+ for Finland.Smithsonian, 42(5), p94-102. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.proxy-remote.galib.uga.edu/ehost/detail?sid=70ed9fd5-ce77-4c89-86b5-91f8730f71dc@sessionmgr115&vid=1&hid=112&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ

Sahlberg, P. (2011). Lessons from finland. Education Digest, 77(3), p18-24. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.proxy-remote.galib.uga.edu/ehost/detail?sid=c92e7a8a-1512-4e54-b389-6d540273ebc6@sessionmgr104&vid=1&hid=112&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ

Compton, B. (Director) (2011). The finland phenomenon [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNH3u09WP-Q

Spring, Joel. (2010). American Education (15th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
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