March 4, 2008

Finnish Education

Finland is not only the home of the designers of Nokia, Linux, this museum and a very distinct natural language, but it apparently has one of the most successful education systems around. The Wall Street Journal writes that part of the reason for the Finns' achievements is their focus on supporting weaker students, their support in treating teachers like entrepreneurs, and their resistance to streaming high-achieving students. The article suggests that students who constantly work ahead of the curve are rewarded simply by *being* ahead of the curve, giving them more time to do as they please, which often involves tutoring students who are struggling.

Win-win.

Follow the Finns.

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