Finlandâ€™s education system isÂ considered one ofÂ the best inÂ the world. InÂ international ratings, itâ€™s always inÂ the top ten. However, the authorities there arenâ€™t ready toÂ rest onÂ their laurels, and theyâ€™ve decided toÂ carry through aÂ real revolution inÂ their school system.
Finnish officials want toÂ remove school subjects from the curriculum. There will noÂ longer beÂ any classes inÂ physics, math, literature, history, orÂ geography.
The head ofÂ the Department ofÂ Education inÂ Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, explained the changes:
â€śThere are schools that are teaching inÂ the old-fashioned way which was ofÂ benefit inÂ the beginning ofÂ the 1900sÂ â€” but the needs are not the same, and weÂ need something fit for the 21st century.â€ś
Instead ofÂ individual subjects, students will study events and phenomena inÂ anÂ interdisciplinary format.
For example, the Second World War will beÂ examined from the perspective ofÂ history, geography, and math. And byÂ taking the course â€ťWorking inÂ aÂ Cafe,” students will absorb aÂ whole body ofÂ knowledge about the English language, economics, and communication skills.
This system will beÂ introduced for senior students, beginning atÂ the age ofÂ 16. The general idea isÂ that the students ought toÂ choose for themselves which topic orÂ phenomenon they want toÂ study, bearing inÂ mind their ambitions for the future and their capabilities. InÂ this way, noÂ student will have toÂ pass through anÂ entire course onÂ physics orÂ chemistry while all the time thinking toÂ themselves â€śWhat doÂ I need toÂ know this for?â€ť
The traditional format ofÂ teacher-pupil communication isÂ also going toÂ change. Students will noÂ longer sit behind school desks and wait anxiously toÂ beÂ called upon toÂ answer aÂ question. Instead, they will work together inÂ small groups toÂ discuss problems.
The Finnish education system encourages collective work, which isÂ why the changes will also affect teachers. The school reform will require aÂ great deal ofÂ cooperation between teachers ofÂ different subjects. AroundÂ 70% ofÂ teachers inÂ Helsinki have already undertaken preparatory work inÂ line with the new system for presenting information, and, asÂ aÂ result, theyâ€™ll get aÂ pay increase.
The changes are expected toÂ beÂ complete byÂ 2020.
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