Finland, the Charlemagne the Future

 Jean-Simon Cloutier-Fecteau 

As we know, children are the future of our society and education is a big part of their developement. It teaches them to think by themselves and be able to have an opinion on any point, but what if we have been doing it wrong since the beginning ? Finland had implemented a new revolutionnary education system and it is showing some important results. Should this system be the reference for the future? In my opinion, it should. First, because of the self and collective developement of the students and secondly because of the children succes and the cost of it.

To begin, Finland implemented a huge education reforms 40 years ago. Since then, the country's school system has consistently come in at the top 4 for the international rankings for education systems. But how is their system so good ? The answer is easy, they go against all the evaluation-driven, centralized model that is used in the Western world. In fact, finnish children don’t start school until they are 7 years old and are not mesured at all before they’re 14 years old. It allows the children to develop themselves without worrying and stressing about getting good grades and to help them create that self confidence they need at this age. Even more, contrary to what is done in America, the weakest and the strongest students are in the same class. Once again, children are all at the same level and can learn without being distracted by any other things. Finland is exploring a new way of teaching which is based on children individual and collective devellopement. The main goal of this method is to prepare them, by making them confident and ready, for the biggest part of their education, which is highschool and college.

Next, I know what you will tend to say, ‘’How can a system that soft and without pushing children to learn can be sucessfull ?’’, but let the statistics talk by themselve. 93% of finnish graduate from highschool which is 18% higher than the U.S. . The fun thing about those numbers is that the education in Finland cost 30% less than the United-States one’s even if it’s more effective. Furthermore, education in Finland is 100% state founded, it allows a better control on the learning standard and the state program. When compared to the U.S. education, which is state and private founded, we can clearly see that egality of chances and self development of child is more favorised in Finland than in United-States. To continue, finnish highschool teacher must all have a master degree and are considered as doctor. It proves how much the finnish system believe in education and think it’s important to put the best personal in charge of their children. Finnaly, with all these informations and statistics, we can conclude by saying that the finnish unortodoxe system is effective by costing less and giving the same chances to everyone, but also by improving the national highschool succes rate.

To conclude, it is indeniable to say that this new way of doing things is going to be considerated by many nations in the future. Mostly because the results are incredibly good, but also because of the costs of it, which, in my opinion, will become more and more important with the actual international economic crisis.



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