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What makes Finnish teens so smart?
March 3rd, 2008 posted by JB under Current Events

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Finnish teenagers are among the smartest in the world. They earned some of the top scores by 15-year-old students who were tested in 57 countries. American teens finished among the world’s C students even as U.S. educators piled on more homework, standards and rules. Finnish youth, like their U.S. counterparts, also waste hours online. They dye their hair, love sarcasm and listen to rap and heavy metal. But by ninth grade they’re way ahead in math, science and reading — on track to keeping Finns among the world’s most productive workers.

“In most countries, education feels like a car factory. In Finland, the teachers are the entrepreneurs,” says Mr. Schleicher, of the Paris-based OECD, which began the international student test in 2000.

One explanation for the Finns’ success is their love of reading. Parents of newborns receive a government-paid gift pack that includes a picture book. Some libraries are attached to shopping malls, and a book bus travels to more remote neighborhoods like a Good Humor truck.

Finnish students have little angstata — or teen angst — about getting into the best university, and no worries about paying for it. College is free. There is competition for college based on academic specialties — medical school, for instance. But even the best universities don’t have the elite status of a Harvard.

Taking away the competition of getting into the “right schools” allows Finnish children to enjoy a less-pressured childhood.

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[ # 1873 ] Comment from Deity [March 4, 2008, 2:04 pm]

“Taking away the competition of getting into the “right schools” allows Finnish children to enjoy a less-pressured childhood.”

wawa naman mga Korean students compared sa kanila. here, they spend 12 hours studying in regular schools and hagwons (special schools) because they have to make sure that they will get accepted in Seoul University or any other top universities.

it’s the top schools or nothing. period.

[ # 1898 ] Comment from bondgirl4ever [March 7, 2008, 9:54 am]

or flynn effect

[ # 1918 ] Comment from schrondingeristhecat [March 10, 2008, 3:03 pm]

I, in the most obvious and rational reason, just do not agree.

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