Finland is ranked No.1 in the world in Education. What’s so great there!
•A child goes to school there only at the age of 7. The torture does not start at 2 ½ as it is elsewhere.
•A child learns from each move that it comes across in this early age at home.
•From the age of 7 to 10 the child spends 50% of it’s time in school and the remaining as vacation.
•The school timings are also less and equal importance is given to Music, Arts and Sports too
•The schools there have relaxation rooms for the children to take rest if they feel tired.
•Until the age of 13 there is no grading and no report cards for students.
•If they parents are inquisitive of the child’s progress they can apply to know that.
•Since there is no grading there is no pressure on the student to compete.
•They are not given homework. Students can do their homework in the subject of their choice.
•A doctor stationed in each school monitors their health and advices.
•Only a maximum of 600 students are permitted in a school.
•There aren’t any private schools. All are Govt. run. There is equality in education for all.
•99% of children in Finland get primary education.
•Students who hail from a country where there aren’t exams excel in competitive exams elsewhere.
•You may wonder how this is possible. An UN research explains this…..
•UN does an annual research about the happiest children in the world. Finland stands first.
•Educationists from other countries flock to Finland to understand their system more.
•1500 representatives from 56 countries go there every year.
•The country’s major foreign exchange comes from education tourism.
•A teachers job in Finland is like an IAS or IPS job here.
•The teachers there have a major stake in the laws and policies of the country.
•Every third child there wants to become a teacher. But it’s not so easy.
•Only students who excel are considered for this post.
•They are given 5 years of Teacher Training, 6 months of Military training, One years of onsite teacher training, Training in the Laws and Policies, Fire service, Self Defense, First Aid. In total a 7 Year Training.
Thoughts to ponder:
•Don’t find fault in children. Don’t hesitate to appreciate when they do good.
•No one knows what a child can become. Keep encouraging them.
•Edison was considered dumb and thrown out of school.
•Louis Pastor was an average student in school.
•Einstein was considered an idiot in school.
•Talk to children daily about their goodness.
•Don’t compare a child with another.
•Talk about successful people to them.
•Instead of telling the how not to be tell them about how to be.
•Don’t curb them to the house
•Give them good examples and independence.
•If you talk to them about a bed of flower they’ll understand the path of thorns.
•Tell them about hardwork. They will get to know about laziness.
•When you tell them about successful people they will understand the reasons for failure
And for all this, we need to change first.