Education – Finnish Way

Sahlberg shared five aspects of the Finnish system that he says sets it apart. At the forefront, the Finnish system was built without trying to be number one. He emphasized that competition was never part of the system. Instead the focus has aimed at creating good schools for all children.

Beyond the lack of emphasis on competition, Finland also has a culture that truly values education. When the Finnish are asked about major accomplishments in its past 100 years, 75 percent acknowledge the free, public education system, and rank it as one of the country’s top five accomplishments. In addition, Finnish also lists public education as the second most trusted institutions in the country, next to police, earning 89 percent. This is in stark contrast to the United States, he said, where only 29 percent trust the public education system. Read more…


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