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Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, Finland’s school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems.So how do they do it?
It’s simple — by going against the evaluation-driven, centralized model that much of the Western world uses.
Science classes are capped at 16 students so that they may perform practical experiments every class.
Elementary school students get 75 minutes of recess a day in Finnish versus an average of 27 minutes in the US.
However, high school teachers with 15 years of experience make 102 per cent of what other college graduates make.
In an international standardized measurement in 2001, Finnish children came top or very close to the top for science, reading and mathematics.
And despite the differences between Finland and the US, it easily beats countries with a similar demographic
neighbour Norway, of a similar size and featuring a similar homogeneous culture, follows the same same strategies as the USA and achieves similar rankings in international studies.
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