Finland, First Country To Get Rid Off All School Subjects
Finland will become the first country in the world to get rid off all school subjects and you can almost hear children from all over jumping around happily. Finally, someone listened to their prayers! All joking aside, what Finland is doing now is truly groundbreaking and it will set an example for all countries worldwide.
The Scandinavian country already has the best educational system in the world. Its students and teachers score the highest ratings in international studies and exams and this is the result of a well thought-through educational system.
Since there is always room for improvement, even if you are number 1 in the world, Finnish officials now want to remove all the school subjects from the academic curriculum. Sounds crazy right? What will teachers do? How will children learn since there will be no more math or physics classes, no more geography, history or literature class and everything else we knew about school?
Marjo Kyllonen, head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, explains these truly impressive and unconventional changes:
“There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900’s — but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century.“
Students will get their knowledge by studying different events and various phenomena in an interdisciplinary format. The first example given to make everybody understand how things will work is a very good one, since it can be covered from a lot of different fields and perspectives.
World War II will be examined from a historical perspective, a geographical one and students will also learn about it from a mathematicians point of view. Another example could be ‘Working in a Cafe’, where students will get in depth and hands on knowledge about the English language, economics and they will also improve their communication skills.
This revolutionary educational system will be implemented in Finland for students beginning at the age of 16, at first. Finnish officials want to let students choose what phenomena interests them the most and then offer them all the necessary knowledge about that specific topic/theme.
Another thing that will change is the teacher-student relationship and way of communicating between the two parts. Students will not be forced to sit in their assigned sits and only talk when they are being asked something. They will work in small groups, together with a teacher and other fellow students in order to better understand a certain problem and find the solutions to it.
In Finland, schools encourage collective work. This applies not only when it comes to students who will have common projects to work on, but also for teachers of different subjects who will have to work together in explaining different phenomena.
Approximately 70% of teachers have already been trained on how the new system will work and they will also receive a pay raise. All the changes in Finland’s educational system will be completely implemented by 2020.