Finland Vs. American Education System

913 WordsNov 2, 20154 Pages
In the 1970’s Finland was not at the top of the education chain, in fact their education system was doing poorly (NEA). Finland has been changing their education system over the past 35 years to make their education system better. They have changed their education system to become very successful. When looking at the differences between the United States education system and Finland education system has obvious differences between the testing, the paths for the students to take, time management during school hours, and the environment of the classroom. 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 are seven years old, where as in America the students start school when they are at 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 how they thing and how they learn. Finland doesn’t start testing their students until they are in the fourth grade, around the age of twelve. In America the testing starts when some students art in pre-kindergarten. In America the Bush-era law requires that students in third through eight grades take tests on their reading and math skills, then retest again in high school. Determining the number average of tests that an American student takes can be hard because many
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