I found an article titled "What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success" which was written a couple of weeks ago and discussed the differences between the two countries methods and PISA test scores. And what was continuously being brushed aside by Americans and was probably the most important key to the Finnish schools success.
I thought the article was interesting and decided I wanted to share it with you.
I also wanted to share some links to PISA test scores for other countries.
Poland 2000-2006 PISA scores, including explanations of education reforms.
PISA 2009 scores table for participating countries
What do you think about this large difference in education methods and test scores?
Is your child in public school or private? Mine at this point are in private school because I don't have any faith in the public school system where we currently live.
Would you want your children to have the same education as Finnish children have? Personally, I would love that. I think it holds true to the ideals set forth by both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
As a complete side note, did you notice that the girls in the first article's photograph are dressed differently than American girls? Can you tell the difference? Every girl in the photo is wearing very little pink, more variety of colors, no cartoon characters, dressed for comfort and their hair is pulled up. It seems subtle but compare a group of American girls the same age in dress attire and their hair styles and it's actually quite different.