FINLAND HAS A LOT TO OFFER TO THE WORLD. Finland’s command at education is legend but their leadership doesn’t stop there. The Nordic country of 5.5 million people leads in Happiness, Prosperity, Literacy, Least Corrupt, Most Green and Most Socially Progressive (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/finland-is-still-the-worl_b…).
Nine years ago when we needed to buy a potato harvester we looked to Finland and imported North America’s first “Juko SuperMidi Potato Harvester.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BsddOzRMyc) The design and workmanship of our Juko is phenomenal. It’s quality is what one would expect from a country that does so many things right. But education is critical and it’s where Finland really shines. Jim
“But the point is that, for five months, my wife, my son and I experienced a stunningly stress-free, and stunningly good, school system. Finland has a history of producing the highest global test scores in the Western world, as well as a trophy case full of other recent No. 1 global rankings, including most literate nation.
“In Finland, children don’t receive formal academic training until the age of seven. Until then, many are in day care and learn through play, songs, games and conversation. Most children walk or bike to school, even the youngest. School hours are short and homework is generally light.
“Unlike in the United States, where many schools are slashing recess, schoolchildren in Finland have a mandatory 15-minute outdoor free-play break every hour of every day. Fresh air, nature and regular physical activity breaks are considered engines of learning. According to one Finnish maxim, ‘There is no bad weather. Only inadequate clothing’…
“…In Finland teachers are the most trusted and admired professionals next to doctors, in part because they are required to have a master’s degree in education with specialisation in research and classroom practice.”