Finland takes education very seriously and holds teachers in high esteem. Can the U.S. learn from Finland’s education model?
Last month, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students, ranked the U.S. 26 out of 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in reading, science and math.
According to OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, the U.S. remained “fundamentally flat” compared with many other countries that have improved their PISA performances over the past decade.
Alarmed by these staggering figures, some American educators are rethinking conventional notions of education reform. Experts are exploring alternative models to not only improve test results in the United States, but to provide students with the necessary skills to be productive citizens and more marketable in the workforce.
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