Finland Intercultural School adopt the renowned and proven Finland Core Curriculum, the world’s best education system. Finnish curriculum largely depends on the day, because they provide the children with a lot of leeway to pursue their own interests, which means that teachers hold their own teaching plans loosely.
The Finnish education system is based on the idea that the school should be ready for the children and not vice versa. Each child is unique and deserves an individual learning path. Children are allowed to enjoy childhood and learn through play.
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Finnish Core Curriculum
Initiative Student-Directed Studies
Finnish students take charge of their own learning, and are inspired and coached by enthusiastic, motivated teachers. Their educators are able to stimulate their pupils’ curiosity, making them see why what they are learning will be valuable to them.
The students take initiative in planning, directing, and evaluating their own learning process, collaborating with their peers, solving problems and steering projects through teamwork.
This healthy and open approach to learning ensures that children don’t shy away from observing, exploring, asking questions and noticing as well as understanding the world around them. The joys of learning are manifold and we try to expose young minds to this phenomenon.
Disparity from Asia
A Questioning Mind
The starting point of Finnish education is student centredness and the idea of the student’s own activeness is emphasised. Learning is not memorization; it aims towards deeper understanding through the students own actions and activeness. The learner is in the centre of change, and the focus of learning moves away from the teacher, textbooks and teaching, and towards a learner-centred, learning process-based and personalised learning.
The Asian education system relies on one-way teaching with no interaction. It cultivates the students to be obedient, to regurgitate what the teachers say and does not allow them to think outside the box.
Evolution of Adaptation
As computers get smarter, the human attributes that will be valued are creativity, entrepreneurship, critical thinking, adaptability, collaboration and strong communication skills. the ability to work hard, remember lots of information and perform well in exams will no longer be the pathway to success.
What was once suitable for children in the past is no longer applicable to the 21st Century. With information now in abundance, we need to focus on the skills and strategies of learning, teaching ‘how’ rather than ‘what’ to learn.
Modern people are demanded to bear emotional intelligence, a strong sense of self-worth and confidence – traits that are more readily developed through adequate rest, free play, exposure to recreational, cultural and artistic pastimes, and experiential learning rather than traditional knowledge-based learning.
Against the Stream
Widening the Curricula
There is less emphasis on “learning” and more on testing and competition. In Year 12, students aren’t actually encouraged to learn but to find ways to please the examiners and maximise exam results. There is a shallow absorption of materials to be spewed out on the exam table and then forgotten immediately afterwards.
Furthermore, American emphasis on test-based accountability is simply leading to so many negative consequences in the form of narrowing curricula and reshaping the way teachers and schools are working.
The more schools try to improve results through standardisation, rigorous testing and student pressure, the less inclined kids will be to learn and be prepared for the future. Kids are made to “feel like failures if they underperform” or “superior if they perform better”.