Schooled by Finland – What Can We Learn From the Best School System in the World?

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Hess Academy students enjoying some extended outside time during a morning sing along.

I was browsing CNN the other day and found this interesting article that explains why Finland boasts one of the best education system in the world. In reading, math, and science, “Finland ranks third after Korea and Japan. In comparison, American students’ combined performance in reading, mathematics and science places the United States at 21st among 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.” What accounts for this huge discrepancy? The author brings up several essential differences between our two education systems, and some of the successful features of the Finnish school system may look familiar to our Hess families! More time outside,  more professional development for teachers, and a curriculum that aligns to student interests are all part of the schooling experience for students in Finland, and also at Hess Academy. Less standardized testing and more time for authentic learning sounds good to us! Now if only we could get the rest of the country on board and bring these better practices to more American children.

Read the rest of the article here to find out what else sets Finland apart in educational excellence.

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