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Why do Finland's schools get the best results? (BBC)

Why do Finland's schools get the best results? (BBC)

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This BBC article is an interesting overview of Finland's educational system. Linda Darling-Hammond spent some time there and did a much deeper analysis here: http://www.edutopia.org/international-teaching-learning-assessment-video But the BBC reports asserts that "Finland's schools score consistently at the top of world rankings, yet the pupils have the fewest number of class hours in the developed world." The article suggest a number of factors: * "The Finnish philosophy with education is that everyone has something to contribute and those who struggle in certain subjects should not be left behind." * The lack of immigrants makes for a more level playing field with respect to language. * Teaching is a "prestigious career" in Finland. * Cultural factors: Parents read to their kids a lot, and teachers are involved in school activities. * Finns believe that "less is more" - students start school at age 7 * Kids don't transfer to new schools between primary and middle school. (this seems like a pretty signifiant factor!) Lots of other thoughts here. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world_news_america/8601207.stm

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
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Thanks so much for sharing this Betty. We were just talking about Finland in today's #edchat on Twitter and I used this as a resource:)

Here's some more resource I found on FInland:

:: Guest blogger, Joe Bower mentions Finland is his post, "Attracting and Retaining Great Teachers in Education

:: As you mentioned, Linda Darling-Hammond has also done quite a bit of research on this. Last year, she spoke to Edutopia community members about this in detail as well.

Erika Huff's picture

Interesting post. What stood out to me was that teaching is a prestigious career. I think that mind set is an important factor. Why do you think it isn't that way here?

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