Finland Education

Adam, Caden, Autumn, Katie

Is Finland Better?

Did you know that Finland is ranked fourth in the worlds education system? That's six countries ahead of the United States. The current school system in the United States needs a change in the way it educates it's students. Having Finland above the United States in education, we need to be aware of what they are doing so we can grow off of their ideas and grow more education wise.
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It's how long?

Finland being ahead of the U.S is a bit of a shock once you find out how long their school days are! The average hours spent in a Finland school each day is just five hours while kids in the U.S spend two hours longer than that at school each day. The general school day in Finland starts off at 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, leaving less time for after school activities. Also, they have 75 minutes of free time at recess.

Technology

Having been using technology most of our lives, kids in our generation probably couldn't live without it. Imagining a world without technology in school would be hard but you would have to believe it because schools in Finland rarely use technology. On most days, the teaching is taken outside of the classroom for a more visual learning while in the United States, learning is usually done on computers.

How many standardized tests?

In America, students have 12 standardized tests before they enter their senior year of highschool. Finland does not require any standardized testing until the end of the students senior year in highschool. It is a proven fact that testing causes stress in the lives of kids around the world and it doesn't prove the students ability to learn.
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Homework Time!

Students in the United States could probably all agree that homework is not fun. It takes up your after school time and can make you very frustrated. I would bet that almost all students in the United States would be jealous if they found out how much homework Finland gets because Finland only gets around a half hour of homework each night while the United States gets one to two hours.

How do students get to school?

In Finland children get to school by a taxi or a bus. They have to use those because they live 5 kilometers away. Students in America get to school by a school bus, cycling, or walking. They use those because they live fairly close to the school.

To conclude...

The school system in America needs to change the way it educates it's students. Finland is beating America in the school system ranking because they are using less technology. They are also having shorter school days, giving them more time to study or do extra circular activities. in addition to having shorter school days, the Finish have around half a hour of homework every night, Thats about a hour and a half less than in America. Finally, Finland is ranking higher because of how little standardized tests that they have. That is why we believe that America needs to change its current school system to be more like Finland's.

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