Even if a trip to chilly Finland hasn’t topped your list of vacation spots, you’ve probably heard about one of Finland’s great accomplishments —its world- class (and world-leading!) education system. Students and schools in Finland are ranked as some of the best in the world – well ahead of many larger developed nations like the US and Canada. High school graduation rates are excellent, more students go on to earn college degrees than in other areas of the world, and Finnish students pretty much rock the pants off of standardized tests.
There are a number of theories out there on why this is – many attribute it to teachers earning better pay and more respect, less homework, more active time (like for recess), and a very minimal amount of standardized testing. The handy infographic below takes an in-depth look at some of the details behind the success of education in Finland, and what makes it work so well. Keep reading to learn more.