Finland: Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education.
Key factor is maintaining a strongly supportive school system in which teachers and students share responsibility for results. Finland has one of the world’s best performing education systems. One reason for Finland’s success is the high degree of personal responsibility conferred on both teachers and students. In the 1970s and 1980s, management of Finland’s school system was decentralized and traditional academic structures in upper secondary schools were replaced by flexible modular structures, giving pupils more choice in what they study. Teachers were given freedom to design their curriculum and choose textbooks.
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