Finland is known as the education leader of the world. Students in Finland consistently rank highly in literacy and math achievements. This is why the world, especially the US, looks to Finland for ideas to improve its education system. The Finns do not concentrate on test taking. In fact, the Finnish education system prioritizes play and independence for young children. Unlike the US, hours of homework do not bog down children every night. However, the main difference between the US and Finland is the latter’s homogenous society. In other words, everywhere you go in Finland, the people and culture are virtually the same. Meanwhile, in the US, the people and culture can change in an instant, in some cases from neighborhood to neighborhood.
In a fascinating and monumental move, Finland announced it will now concentrate its curriculum on topic teaching, instead of subject teaching. For instance, math, history, and science will not be taught separately from each other anymore. Students will now be exposed to several subjects at once. An example is students will learn about a country, such as neighboring Estonia. They will learn about its history, culture, climate, and language. This is the idea of topic teaching.
EducationNews.org says, “To ease students and teachers into the new educational reality, the co- teaching approach is implemented in which lesson planning is not done by a single teacher but together with other subject specialists. 7 in 10 Helsinki high school teachers are already proficient in the co- teaching approach to teaching.” Evidence has shown that Finnish students enjoy this interdisciplinary approach. It is set to be completely implemented into Finnish schools by 2020.
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