Population: 5 million.
People love coffee
#1 in Science & Math. (US is #17 in Science & 24 in Math)
<2% high school drop outs in Finland (vs 25% in USA).
Balance of school and play
School time is very focused
Higher teacher to student ratio.
Many teachers stay with the same students for several years
All teachers are Masters degree holders.
Help for weaker students.
Continuity in class.
Parents push their children to study well
Relaxed environment in the classroom.
Average student speaks 4 languages.
Finnish culture that values education.
Highly efficient education system & a state supported healthcare.
But 40 years ago, Finland was a poor country dependent only on agriculture.
Like doctors & lawyers, the best and brightest are chosen to teach.
Finland spends USD.3000 less per pupil as compared to American students. How do they achieve more?
Teaching is an appreciated profession. Like doctors and lawyers, Finland's best and brightest are chosen to teach.
Top 10% of graduates are teachers in Finland, versus bottom 25% in USA
An amazing success story.
Finland's blueprint: (1) Tough national curriculum (2) Masters degrees for all teachers (3) Up to 3 teachers per class - 3rd works with weaker students.