5 Reasons Why Finland Is A Global Education Leader
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5 Reasons Why Finland Is A Global Education Leader


Here in the United States, we love to brag about being number one Except when it comes to education that is Where we regularly rank around 37th in the world Frankly, many of us are lucky we can spell USA well enough to chant it in sporting events but you know what country does consistently rate among the best in the world in education? Finland. Apparently. That’s right. The small Nordic country best known for giving the world Nokia phones, angry birds and awful heavy metal music is actually a leader in world education not only does Finland have the highest high school graduation rate in Europe but on International tests, Finish students regularly rank near the top in Reading, Math and Science And the Finns do this without overloading kids with endless hours of homework or turning school into mindless drudgery Bueller. Bueller. Bueller. So why does Finland have the most ass-kicking educational system on earth Here are the 5 reasons that set Finland apart Reason number 1: No child gets left behind. Literally. Finland provides all families particularly low income families with a vast social safety net the Finish government sends a pitty box of supplies to every family with a newborn child and then from there on, childcare is heavily subsidised allowing most families to send their children to some form of early childhood education Finland’s public schools also concentrate on making sure that every student achieves basic proficiency in the subjects that they study whereas here in the US students and school districts are expected to compete against one another for limited resources, inevitably creating a system of winners and losers this difference in approach is one of the reasons why the achievement gap that exists between the rich and poor in American schools is smaller in Finland than anywhere else in the world Reason number two. They’re just like more chill man. Finnish children don’t even start school until they turn 7 and once they’re in school they get almost triple the amount of recess time as American students. They’re rarely assigned homework until High school and they almost never take standardise tests in fact, Finnish students are only required to take one standardise test and that’s not until the end of high school Reason Number three. Teachers are actually (get this) respected Becoming a teacher isn’t easy in Finland there are only 8 universities that offer the Masters programmes required to earn a teaching credential and only one in ten applicants get accepted so it’s no surprise that teachers in Finland receive roughly the same level of respect as doctors and lawyers plus, thanks to powerful unions, Finnish teachers only spent 4 hours a day in the classroom and take 2 hours a week for professional development they also don’t have to deal with merit pay which has been the cause behind many high profile cases here in the US where teachers and administrators cheating on standardise tests Reason number 4. They believe that less is more. and I’m rhyming now Finns believe that when it comes to education, patience, hands-on learning and focusing on problem-solving are more important than listening to lectures, mindless test preparations and memorization of information that students will probably forget as soon as they leave the exam room I know it’s a really crazy concept right? and then Finnish teachers don’t race through lessons to cram as much information as possible into students heads so that the students can then spit that information back out on a standardise test instead they give priority to moving slowly and taking as much time as necessary to thoroughly investigate fewer topics but in much greater depth Reason number five: They have fewer social ills Finland may not be the socialists paradise every Bernie Sanders voter dreams about but it’s pretty close almost everyone in Finland is middle class so income inequality is not nearly the problem there than it is in the US almost all Finnish kids come to school well fed, rested and ready to learn there are no metal detectors, no cops patroling the school hallways and certainly none of this Finland also has far fewer immigrant students which is kinda like Donald Trump’s dream I guess only one in forty students in Finnish schools has immigrant parents compare that number to the US public schools where that figure is one in five that means there are not nearly as many kids in Finland schools who are trying to learn math, science and history in a completely new language all well also trying to learn that new language itself so should we in the US just admit that the Finns know education better than we do and go ahead and abandon our system and adopt theirs? Of course not. That’s ridiculous For one thing where would we find enough teachers who speak Finnish? zing but what we should admit is that when it comes to education we just don’t have all the answers and if we do we’d probably cheated to get them There’s plenty of ways to learn from countries like Finland that do things very differently but have a proven track record of achieving better results we just have to be more open to what educational innovators are doing around the globe if we could only stop shouting ‘We’re number one” long enough to listen for a change

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100 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Finland Is A Global Education Leader

  1. Look at this clown. Hasan Piker. Don't you just love it when these Middle Easterners come over to America running for their lives and they shit on us

  2. meanwhile in my country they increased the school hours to 8 hours , we take exams in Ramadan and the holiday is a month and a half only 😭😭😭

  3. Everyone, chill out,
    It's just a fact that Wakanda has the best educational system.

  4. On the other hand, a very close second to Finland in educational stats is South Korea, which has a population size and density a lot more comparable to most US urban areas. We're not talking about that though, I've noticed. lol

  5. Btw Canada is first in the world now and Finland is 8th behind us aussies at number 7 and the USA is 6th!!

  6. wait wasn't it the "young turks" that commited the Armenian genocide, and wasn't the young turks nationalist?

  7. This was pretty well done video but the 1 thing you got wrong and need to know is that our heavy metal is amazing.

  8. Don't worry, we've took so many immigrants to Finland from those third world countries just to make that gap smaller. Just wait few more years and we're on the bottom.

  9. I’m from Korea (15 years old)
    Korea is second lank in education, but our education is very different comparing with Finland. We have lots of exams, after school, most of teenagers even kids go academies by night. They get too many stress. I think Korea education destroy student’ dream. They only force studying to us😱😱

  10. They think Finland, Japan, Korea, China, And some Middle East countries and Africa are worst and hard education but actually Philippines is also worser than you think, Not Intellectual, And Skill is that you have aproblem but also SOCIAL, Going to school is not about learning, is about how you interact, communicate and explore new things than we know before.

  11. Finland is sooo lucky! Here school goes from 7:55–3:15 and we have wayy too much homework. In middle school, core classes are each 50 minutes, and electives-the ones we get to choose- are only 30 minutes. You get 20 minutes to eat and ten to go outside, that is IF you get to go outside. In high school, core classes are 90 minutes and I don't remember how long electives are. You also have a block schedule in high school as well, so you have different classes everyday. If you forget your homework in class, you'll have to wait 2 days to turn it in, and then it's 20% off of your grade, so the best you can get is a B :/.
    Oh, and if you aren't done eating in 20 minutes at lunch, they yell at you and make you throw it away. Those lunches aren't cheap. 😒

  12. It is ridiculous to expect a teacher to teach a student who doesn't even know the language yet and just as ridiculous to expect the child to learn before they have mastered the language.

  13. 3:58 こんな感じに教師が生徒に乱暴にするのを小学生の時に何回か見た事があります。
    小学生の当時の僕はそれぐらいの事でそんな暴力的に怒らなくてもいいのに、、、と思ってましたが、
    大人になった今でも思いますが、
    あれはほんとにやりすぎです

  14. Lmao u aint number 1 americans are known for being stupid af, if u had 15 subjects in middleschool like us croatinas u would get smarter but no u dumbasses just keep being the worlds dumbest country thats why u have people like trump

  15. I wish I was a college student in Finland not in my shithole 3rd-world country of the Philippines !!!

  16. I'm about to start teaching in US, scared shitless cuz I don't agree with the system here! How can I teach like Finland?

  17. I love how at the start they had to show you where Finland is on the map because Americans think they're the only country that matters, show why learn where other countries are

  18. Northern European economy is a well planned capitalism model economy, they reaps the rewards
    Of a well planned capitalism economy, that is not what I after
    In terms of equality that's belong to a specie of humanity.

  19. Every country in the world should adapt to Finland's education system in their own language. I like their education system so much that I would immigrante to Finland today if I could just so my kids could get actual education and be kids and have fun and learn and never be left behind!

  20. The USA may be 16th in Math and 18th in Science , BUT , the USA is number one in gender identity and self esteem . BASICALLY , the USA is raising confused, yet confident idiots

  21. OK I know this is seriously off topic, but the comment about Finland being known for "its awful heavy metal music" is way off base. Finland has some of the best metal groups in the world. They are particularly known for being the home of the amazing symphonic metal band 'Nightwish.' Nightwish is a group of incredibly talented- and classically trained!- musicians. A lot of American metal groups could learn a lot from these people. Anyone who likes metal and has an ear for true talent and skill should give them a try. I'm sure they will be as impressed as I am. Yes, I am a bit prejudiced in this, as I am a Nightwish fan- they are my favorite group. But, it is not without warrant.

  22. Finland is Democratic Socialism in practice. Anyone interested in what it entails- instead of being blinded by prejudice and persuaded by propaganda (Left or Right; Liberal or conservative) should study their system of government.

  23. Indian Education System
    Learn every subject written in English languages and learn the English language itself simultaneously

  24. My school is actually starting to copy Finalnd's education system and the success rates are becoming soo good there is nothing like the smartest student

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