No tech frenzy in Finland

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 2001 onwards, Finland’s students have been among the highest-achieving in the world, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Other new studies reveal that this Nordic country’s teachers are able to use innovative strategies, without technology – in sharp contrast to, say, the United States (US), where President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated that American schools must be driven by the latest digital tools.

A new study, completed by the European Commission and entitled ‘Survey of Schools: ICT in Education’, suggests that Grade 8 Finnish children use computers in school far less frequently than any other country in the European Union.

Kristiina Volmari, counsellor of education and head of statistics and international affairs at the Finnish National Board of Education, says the Finns are not interested in international competition.

Finnish education is free and teachers are highly respected and trained, unions don’t clash with government and families don’t struggle to find space in quality local schools. The only standardised test is the one at the end of secondary school.

Category: Spring 2014

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