Finland And American Education System

854 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
In the 1970’s, Finland didn’t have a spot at the top of the education chain; in fact they had a poor education system (NEA). Finland has changed their education system over the past 35 years to make it better. They have changed their education system to become successful. When looking at the American education system and the Finland education system there are obvious differences between the testing, the paths for the students to take, the time management during school hours, and the classroom environment.
The differences between Finland and American education systems start with the youngest students. Finland students start school at a later age than American students. In Finland their students don’t start school until they reach the age of seven years old, where as in America the students start school when they reach the age of five. Finland also doesn’t focus on testing their younger students. Instead, they focus on play and teaching their younger students how to understand their way of think and learn. Finland doesn’t start testing their students until they enter the fourth grade, around the age of twelve. In America the testing starts when some students enter pre-kindergarten.
In America the Bush-era law requires that students in third through eighth grades take tests on their reading and math skills, then re-test again in high school. Determining the number average of tests that an American student takes is difficult because many states and districts require their…
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