How is it possible that Finnish students spend very little time in school and have very few issues, however, have the best results in the world?
Furthermore, Finnish students have a number of hours per day extremely low, this number is the lowest found among the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (this organization comprises 35 states, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany Luxembourg, Norway, United States), and the education system is based on several key principles.
While students in England and Wales still go to school in mid-July, people in Finland take 6 weeks before the holiday with half of July and the entire holiday is estimated at 11 weeks. Age also permitted to enroll children in schools is 7 years. Moreover, following international tests performed in Pisa, Finland ranks 6th in the world when it comes to reading, occupying the same place when it comes to math and science performance.
One explanation for the fact that time spent at school is reduced is provided by Saku Tuominen, director of the project Hundred, noting that parents want for their children spending a number of hours at school, in Finland there is a tradition that says children should spent as much time with the family.
The key word in the education system in Finland is ‘trust’. Parents have confidence that the system offers a good education to children and schools are a place of great emphasis on the teacher performance and the teaching profession is very respected in Finland.
The success of Finland in this area is based on laws passed in the 1970s and 1980s, which transformed a common system into one that is an example to the world and in this Scandinavian country the time spent in education is precious and not wasted and planning makes it analyzed for a long period of time.