Less Is More
- Finnish teachers spend less time teaching than their counterparts in other nations. This gives them more time for planning and professional development each day. In other countries, by the time teachers finish the longer hours of teaching, they are too tired to engage in anything professional. There is also less in the way of homework, which most students complete prior to leaving school for the day. After teaching ends the school stays open for other activities and students can choose to stay or leave. Like most countries in Europe, sports are run by sports associations. The schools cooperate but the cost is not part of the education budget like it is the US.
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