Finland’s education system values equality over excellence

January 4, 2012

Finland’s education system was reformed in the 1980’s with a singular goal in mind, to provide all students regardless of economic or social background or geographic with the opportunity to learn. Schools provide meals, healthcare, guidance and counseling. Despite requiring far less homework than in other countries and despite having a large focus on play, students are performing exceptionally well on international education tests. In fact, Finish scores are typically at the top of the list. There are no private schools in Finland, nor is there competition between schools for ratings. In fact, the goal of Finnish schools is “not excellence. It is equity.” Read more in the Atlantic.