World’s Best Education System and their Ranking
Finland has held the unofficial title as the country with the world’s best education system, since 2000. After, adding five new key indicators to their educational ranking system, Finland is projected to take the official title in 2017. By outperforming, Japan and the three time winner of the ranking system, South Korea. Finland ranked higher in 3 of the new indicators – Secondary children in school, and teachers to student ratio for both Primary and Secondary schools.
3. SOUTH KOREA
7. UNITED KINGDOM
10. HONG KONG
BUT WHAT IS FINLAND DOING DIFFERENTLY TO MAINTAIN THE FIRST PLACE YEAR IN YEAR OUT?
1. Competition isn’t as important as cooperation
Finland has figured out that competition between schools doesn’t get kids as far as cooperation between those schools. One reason for that is Finland has no private schools. Every academic institution in the country is funded through public dollars. Teachers are trained to issue their own tests instead of standardized tests.
2. Teaching is one of the most-respected professions
Teachers aren’t underpaid in Finland. To become a teacher in Finland, candidates must have first received at least their master’s degree and complete the equivalent of a residency program in US medical schools. Student teachers often teach at affiliate elementary schools that adjoin a university.
3. Finland listens to the research.
In Finland, research comes with no such political baggage. The government makes its education policy decisions based almost solely on effectiveness — if the data show improvements, the federal Ministry of Education and Culture will give it a shot.
4. Finland isn’t afraid to experiment
One big benefit of listening to the research is you’re not beholden to outside forces, like money and political clout. Finland’s teachers are encouraged to create their own mini-laboratories for teaching styles, keeping what works and scrapping what doesn’t.
5. Playtime is sacred
Finnish law requires teachers to give students 15 minutes of play for every 45 minutes of instruction.
The policy stems from Finland’s deep, almost storybook belief that kids ought to stay kids for as long as possible. It’s not their job to grow up quickly and become memorizers and test-takers.
6. Kids have very little homework
For all the things Finnish schools offer kids, what they seem to lack is homework. Many kids receive only a small amount of it each night. The philosophy stems from a mutual level of trust shared by the schools, teachers, and parents.
Time spent at home is reserved for family, where the only lessons kids learn are about life.
7. Preschool is high-quality and universal
In Finland, parents are guaranteed everything. Preschool and daycare are both universal until age 7, and more than 97% of 3- to 6-year-olds take advantage of at least one, NPR reports.
More than that, though, the preschools are good. They align their curricula with one another and prepare kids along similar tracks. By the time kids start getting actual work, parents can rest assured the same lessons are getting elsewhere taught across town.