What happened in Finland for students to begin performing so well seemingly overnight? The education system in the small northern European country underwent a complete overhaul, a colossal process spanning several decades. But what are the secrets behind its resounding success?
Secret 1: Children get moving
In primary school, Finnish children enjoy 75 minutes of outdoor play every day. A 15-minute break is scheduled every 45 minutes. These frequent breaks allow them to expend their energy and remain alert for longer periods of time.
Secret 2: In the evening, everyone recharges their batteries
In Finland, both teachers and pupils alike get to rest in the evening. Children have little to no homework, and the tasks required of them are simple and do not require the help of a parent.
The same goes for teachers: their work day also ends at the last bell.
As a result, everyone can enjoy recreational activities or relaxation. And the next morning, everyone is well rested and alert.
Secret 3: Less is more
The minimalist design is popular in classrooms. The space is comfortable and uncluttered. As a result, the walls are not covered with posters of every kind. This pared-down décor undoubtedly fosters tranquility and concentration.
Secret 4: A strong sense of belonging
Everyone works hard to develop a sense of belonging between children and other young people, their teacher and their school. Here are some of their strategies:
Other interesting facts
I don’t know about you, but I would love to be a fly on the wall and watch how a typical school day unfolds in Finland. I have no doubt I would learn even more about this innovative school system.