Yipppeeeeeeeee!!!!! Is the reaction of all the school children of Finland! Prayers are finally heard somewhere! Isn’t It? Finland is known for providing best education and the students and teachers are known worldwide for scoring better than most of the countries in the world. But why is it scrapping the subjects in schools?
To create an example for other countries or for bringing more laurels, Finland has decided that there will be no classes for each subject! No more geography, history, math, science, literature or even physics!
Marjo Kyllonen is the Head of Department of Education who told,
“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.”
Schools will now have to teach events and phenomena to approach different subjects. For example, the Second World War will be approached from the historical, geographic, and mathematical perspectives. When a student takes the “Working in a Cafe” course, he/she will learn the English language, economics, and improve his/her communication skills at the same time.
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?” Students will no longer sit behind school desks and wait anxiously to be called upon to answer a question. Instead, they will work together in small groups to discuss problems.
This revolutionary educational system will be implemented in Finland for students beginning at the age of 16, at first. The students have to choose particular topics keeping their ambitions in mind. Around 70% of teachers in Helsinki have already undertaken preparatory work in line with the new system for presenting information, and, as a result, they’ll also get a pay increase.
The changes are hoped to be completed by 2020.
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