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Very Finnish education


So, you've probably already heard a bit about education in Finland,that we have less homework than other countries,we have shorter school days than almost anyone else,and our kids don't even start school until they are seven.And yet we have one of the highest-scoring education systems in the world.So, how do we do it?

If I could come up with one word, that would be trust.Trusting teachers' expertise, trusting schools and also trusting municipalities.Teachers are very independent, and theyhave a lot of say as to what they do in their classrooms.It gives us teachers more autonomy, more freedom to try different things.If you want to build trust, you have to give space and freedom to the teacher.So, freedom is obvious.The Finnish system is not top-down.It's an ongoing discussion.Every teacher in Finland writes a curriculum.It's ours when we co-create it together.You need to have some basic national rules,but then you need to have freedom to do education differently.We're trying to combine the government policy with local needs.There's the national guidelines, then everycommune or city needs to make their own interpretation of that.And then the school makes their own school interpretation of that.Every school invites the parents to discuss a common vision for the school.Parents and principals and teachers are doing the work together.We're changing the role of a teacher and the pupil.We would like the students to take more responsibilityfor their own learning, to plan, to set goals, to evaluate.

The pupil should be at the centre oflearning, and the teacher should facilitate and activate students.That relationship between the teacher andthe student, that makes for great learning.[Music]

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