Learning from US Sources – Ironic!
- Finland knew that it could not rely on pedagogical innovation coming from home due to its small size. It drew on work done mostly in the US to launch large scale use of cooperative learning and diverse teaching methods. It also adopted school improvement through networking within and between schools and self-regulation. All students get free nutritious meals, health services, psychological counseling, and student guidance. The Finnish system has also resisted infection of market-based competition and high-stakes testing.
- Since 1970, reforms in Finnish schools have greatly increased the number of students finishing secondary schools and higher education programs. It is important to note that University and Trade Schools are free. This allows Finland to lead the world in terms of affordability and explains why 60% go on to some form of higher education.
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