Should We Finnish Our Schools?
By Evan Bannow, Ryan Hayes, And Alexander Muraski
Length of school day and Year
In Finland they start there school during mid to late August and end early June. The time schools start and end vary every day but, the most common school days last around six and a half hours long, and they also have longer breaks in between classes, around ten to fifteen minutes long. Finland schools have times that are similar to ither Countires.
Graduation and Dropout rates
The graduation and dropout rates in Finland are amazing, around 93% of students pass high school and only 2% drop out. This sounds nice, but not a all of them go to college. You'd think with higher education standards you would get more than 66% of graduated students going to college.
The Average class size for findland is lower than most of the primary countrys in the world. Findland class sizes average around 20 students per class room. Korea and Japan average around 35 students per class room. This may sound bad for Findland classrooms but with less students in the classroom there is less distractions and bigger opportunity for students. Therefore increasing the overall learning porduction in the class.
Salary For Teachers
A huge issue in the society of teaching is the paycheck. Finnish teacher's on average make around 40,000 a year. Now that may not sound like a lot of money in US dollars, but that has more value in Finland.This is mainly becuse the cost of living in Finland is cheaper. Which Makes it easier to live on the salary they recive. Also teacher paychecks in Finland are high compared to global Statistics. Almost half of all primary country's pay their teachers less than Finland. Concluding that teachers in Finland make very high pay compared to other countries.
Do Finnish Students Get Homework?
Do Students take Standardized Tests?
Most Counties Take many standardized tests. US schools take many tests yearly to measure adademic secsuss. Genneraly American Schools start to measure adademic at age 7. While in finland seven year olds are just starting school. The students in America start at age five. Finnish Spchildren take one standerdized tests. They must take this test when they turn 16 years old. A very unique testing system. In fact most kids take little tests thoughout there entire school carrer in Finland. Suprisingly they get high tests scores and do very well in school.
Technology Use in Finnish Schools
How Are teachers viewed in society.
We concluded that Finnish school systems go above and beyond in the term of uniqueness and greatness. They Haveless drop outs and a lower budget. From our information we see that the Finnish school systems can and is one of the best in the world. Even though some students won't go off the college, the kids still get a chance to be taught happily and completely.
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