education to success

09Jun08

This morning, I read an interesting article about the differences in the educational systems in Sweden and Finland.

Sweden aims to produce socially conscious generalists. The Finnish system, by contrast, drives rather narrowly at academic success. (The Economist, Education in Sweden and Finland/ June 6th, 2008, Economist.com)

Finland seems to be “producing” the best students. The system itself is efficient.

[…] as well as having the world’s highest average standards, Finnish schools have one of the smallest gaps between the best-performing students and the worst. (The Economist, Education in Sweden and Finland/ June 6th, 2008, Economist.com)

What to learn from Finland?
– only the best applicants are accepted for teaching: it is very important to have the best teachers
– formal education starts late (at 7)
– no inspections of schools
– no national testings

But the Finnish schooling model is difficult to replicate.. it is a complex mixture of culture and strong belief in education. The Finns can do it very well.. what about other countries?

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