The Finnish education system is ranked as the best education system in the world.
The fact that education is free, including travel expenses, welfare services, accommodation, books and other school material, means that students can focus more of their time on learning, rather than all the other distractions that might come with it.
Teachers are required to be trained in dealing with low-achieving students, as well as students with disabilities and learning difficulties.
It is learned that the system infuse discipline, hard work, and competitiveness, but at the same time also infuse the right balance to nurture critical skills required for the 21 century, which include communication, collaboration, creativity (innovativeness), critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy, flexibility, adaptability, global care/awareness, and emotional intelligence.
Besides free and universal high-level education from comprehensive school to university (6% of GDP directed to public education), Finland stresses also equal opportunity for all, irrespective of domicile, sex, economic situation or mother tongue.
However, besides all the student rights to this and that, students also have three main duties that they must fulfill, which are to attend classes, obey discipline, and complete their courses and programs. Most education systems have something like this documented, but in Finland it is strongly emphasized, and it is probably working better there than in most other countries.
They Finnish are really proud of their students’ PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) achievements, where they are ranked number one in the world in most categories.
Interestingly, a teacher must have a master’s degree to teach in Finland, and also have a lifelong learning program mapped out for them. They emphasize a lot on lifelong learning, and it is kind of embedded into the their learning culture.
The teacher profession is highly valued in Finland, meaning more people with the right attitude, mindset and skills will apply for such jobs, and in the end you will get better qualified and passionate people educating the future people of the country.
Finland don’t rank students or schools, and they don’t emphasize on standardized nationwide examinations that drive students, teachers and parents nuts.
Finally, Finland emphasizes big time on research and development (around 4% of GDP), and have interlinked companies with the Universities to collaborate on new innovations. Whatever they do, their approach is very scientific, which of course includes how they are continuously improving their education systems.