Finland is famous worldwide for having one of the best and most progressive educational systems in the world. Year after year, Finland ranks within the top 10 for education. This distinction comes due to the Finnish people's unique approach and understanding of what a "good" education is.
In the spirit of constantly innovating educational systems to meet the demands of a changing society, the Finnish government has now put forth a plan to remove formal subjects from the curriculum. That means there will no longer be classes specifically teaching individual subjects like math, physics, literature, history, etc.
Marjo Kyllonen, head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, explains, "There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s - but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century."
Instead of teaching subjects individually, students will be able to study events and phenomena of their choosing using an interdisciplinary approach. So, for example, a study of World War II would incorporate concepts from history, geography, political science, and mathematics. Alternatively, taking a course in "Working at a Cafe" would allow students to absorb basic math, economics, communication skills, and English.
This system will be introduced to senior students, 16 and up. The idea is that students can choose what they want to study based on the skills that would be compatible with their future endeavors and ambitions. This means that a student who knows they want to be a baker won't be forced to learn about the Vietnam War and wonder "When is this knowledge ever going to be useful to me in life?"
Additionally, Finland is also shaking up the traditional classroom model of a teacher lecturing students stuck behind their desks. Instead, students will work together in small groups to discuss what they've learned. Finland's educational system values working collectively, and teachers from different subjects will really have to cooperate with each other to make this work.
Currently, 70% of teachers in Helsinki have already undergone training for the new system - receiving a pay raise upon completion as motivation. The system is expected to be implemented fully by 2020.
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H/T: Bright Side