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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:59 PM

26 Amazing Facts About Finland's Unorthodox Education System

Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, Finland's school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems.

So how do they do it?

It's simpleó by going against the evaluation-driven, centralized model that much of the Western world uses.

Finnish children don't start school until they are 7.

They rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens.

The children are not measured at all for the first six years of their education.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-education-school-2011-12?op=1#ixzz2E7PUo4lH

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:10 PM

1. But now, that means they are gearing the educational system to correspond with what we know

is developmentally appropriate for children at different ages. Meaning, they are not wasting time by requiring things of children for which their brains are simply not ready.

How will the children grow up to be good citizens if we don't needlessly torture them from the moment they cross a school threshhold?

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:57 PM

2. kick

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:01 PM

3. They also have a much smaller and homogeneous population, which makes it easier to find a consensus

and create a shared identity, goals and values. Which doesn't mean we shouldn't look for them for ideas, of course.

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