The Atlantic/What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Succsess
- Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality.
- Lately Finland has been attracting attention on global surveys of quality of life —Newsweek ranked it number one last year — and Finland’s national education system has been receiving particular praise, because in recent years Finnish students have been turning in some of the highest test scores in the world.
- Finland’s success is especially intriguing because Finnish schools assign less homework and engage children in more creative play.