DID YOU KNOW- This country will become the 1st to get rid of all school subjects!

 | 

Finland's education system is considered among the finest in the world, as the country produces some of the world's most intelligent and evolved students. What deserves the greatest attention, however, is the minimalist approach the Finnish education system takes.

The schools here don't take any tuition fees and provide subsidised meals to all children. Finland has also done away with almost all standardised testing before the age of 16 and discourages homework. It is illegal to send a child to school before the age of seven.

In a recent development, Finland has decided to do away with all traditional school subjects such as literature, physics, history, geography, and math. Instead of getting skilled at disjointed subjects, Finnish students will now have to think and evolve in an interdisciplinary way.

Schools will now have to teach events and phenomena to approach different subjects. For example, the Second World War will be approached from the historical, geographic, and mathematical perspectives. When a student takes the "Working in a Cafe" course, he/she will learn the English language, economics, and improve his/her communication skills at the same time.

In bringing these changes by 2020, Finland hopes to bring out the full potential of their students as well as their teachers. Teaching is a highly respected and competitive profession. It pays well too.

Applicants must have an excellent academic background and a master's degree to become a teacher in the country's schools.

Instead of the traditional style of teacher-centered learning, with students sitting behind their desks and recording every instruction given by the teacher, the approach is going to change to a holistic level. This means that every phenomenon will be approached in the most suitable and natural way possible. However, as Phenomenal Learning states, "The starting point of phenomenal-based teaching is constructivism, in which learners are seen as active knowledge builders and information is seen as being constructed as a result of problem-solving, constructed out of 'little pieces' into a whole that suits the situation in which it is used at the time." This educational system tends to include leaning in a collaborative setting (e.g. teamwork), where they would like to see information being formed in a social context, instead of it being seen only as an internal element of an individual. This approach is going to support inquiry-based learning, problem-solution and project and portfolio learning.

The last step is going to be practical implementation, being seen as the outcome of the whole process. This reform is going to require a lot of cooperation between teachers of different subjects and this is why the teachers are already undergoing an intense training. In fact, 70% of the teachers in Helsinki are already involved in the preparatory work in line with the new system.

Co-teaching is at the base of the curriculum creation, with input from more than one subject specialist and teachers who embrace this new teaching style will receive a small increase in their salary as a sign of recognition. From a teaching perspective, this style is very rewarding and worthwhile for the teachers too. Some teachers, who have already implemented this style in their work, say that they cannot go back to the old style. This is indeed not surprising at all, as the interaction in this teaching style is something every teacher has always dreamed of. Currently, schools are obliged to introduce a period of phenomenal-based learning at least once a year. The plan is to completely implement the PhenoBL approach by 2020. A similar approach called the Playful Learning Centre is being used in the pre-school sector and it is going to serve as a starting point for the phenomenal-based learning.

Source: Bright side