How do they do it? Quite simple:
- Children don't start formal education until the age of seven.
- The formative years focus on having fun in learning, being physically active and being creative.
- Any formal examinations are banned until the age of 18
- “Teaching to the test” is an alien concept.
- Free school meals are universally provided.
- Pay teachers the same as doctors.
- Forsake streaming by ability.
- Ensure that all schools have equal funding and staffing, so students simply go to their nearest school
- Abolish selective grammar schools.
- Privatization of schools and competition between schools based on league tables do not exist.
- Outlawing school selection to demonstrate commitment to equality (on both moral and economic grounds)
How does your national education system measure up to these criteria? Not very well, I suspect. But the even bigger question is why don't we learn from the Finns???
Wonder why one-third of school children in the US are obese?
Think what an MRI would tell us about their brains!!
See No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system for the full details.