We hear all the time about Finland’s education model. How everyone should replicate it. How it’s actually flawed. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s intriguing. But why is that? Probably because of some of the following unique characteristics originally outlined by Business Insider. Below are 10 of the tidbits I found a bit more interesting and wanted to pass along to Edudemic readers (hey that’s you!):
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Finland has the same number of teachers as New York City but nearly half the amount of students. Finland has about 600,000 students while NYC has close to 1.1 million.
Every single teacher in Finland needs to have a master’s degree. That degree is fully subsidized by the state, too.
Students in Finland don’t start school until they’re 7 years old.
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The only mandatory test is taken when students are 16 years old.
There aren’t any separate classrooms for accelerated learning or special education. All students are taught in the same classroom.
Compared to the U.S., Finland spends about 30% less per student.
About two-thirds of students in Finland attend college. That’s the highest rate in all of Europe.
Sipoo Upper Secondary School, IT College in Sipoo, Finland
Only the top 10% of graduates are eligible to become teachers.
The classroom size of science courses is limited to 16 students. This is so students can do actual in-person experiments in the lab.
Elementary school students in the U.S. get about half an hour of recess. Students in Finland get about 75 minutes.