FINLAND TO SET PACE, READY TO DROP ALL SCHOOL SUBJECTS

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[Finland]–The authorities of Finland, a country with one of the best educational system in the world, have decided to carry out critical changes in the various schools in the country, as a revolution is about to occur.

Finnish officials are of the stance that instead of individual subjects, students will study events and phenomena in an interdisciplinary format, which will lead to the removal of school subjects from the curriculum, as there will no longer be any classes in history, mathematics, literature, history, among others.

“There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s — but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century”, the head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, had explained.

This system will be introduced for senior students, beginning at the age of 16, based on the general idea is that the students ought to choose for themselves which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions for the future and their capabilities.

In this way, no student will have to pass through an entire course on physics or chemistry while all the time thinking to themselves “What do I need to know this for?”

The changes are expected to be complete by 2020.

In 2004, Marjo delivered a Ted Talk at TedxHamburg on “Redesigning Education For The Future” and she defended her doctoral thesis on Future School and Leadership in 2011.




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