Most students would probably agree that having no homework is a great idea. Having more time to play outside, ride skateboards or bikes, hang out with friends, read, or take part in some craft, skill, or hobby are all benefits LEADPrep students enjoy with flipped learning and not having hours of homework to complete every night.
The country of Finland apparently agrees. There is no homework in Finland, and hasn’t been for years. Check out this infographic ( or see below) for some interesting comparisons between education in Finland and education here in the US.
But are they good students?
Even without doing homework 93% of Finnish students graduate from high school, compared to 75% in the US. Of course, not having homework is not the ONLY reason why they have such a high graduation rate, but clearly it’s not hurting!
Finnish students have some other great perks, along with not having to do homework. In US public schools there are many standardized tests, where in Finland they have almost none. Finland has 12 students to each teacher; in the US it is double. LEADPrep has one teacher per eight students. This low ratio gives each student more one on one time with their teacher, which is often a stimulus for growth.
It’s not ALL about the homework, but at LEADPrep it’s a step in the right direction.
It’s likely that most students would agree that homework is one of the biggest downfalls to going to school. When coming home from school, the last thing school students want to do is get out their books and do more work and it seems that they’re not the only ones who have that exact thought. It seems that Finland have jumped on board the same wavelength as students around the world as there is actually no homework in Finland and it’s actually having a surprising knock-on effect to their students.
In Canada, the high school graduation rate is around 78 per cent and in America it comes in at around 75 per cent. Now, consider the fact that the graduation rate for students in Finland comes in at 93 per cent – showing a massive comparison between the countries. Finland also happens to have the highest rate in Europe for students going to college (two out of three). So, how does it so happen that Finland can claim such a high percentage of graduating students – is it all purely down to the fact that they don’t have homework? Not necessarily. There are a few other things to factor in, which will also help manage to make Finland sound like the best place ever to send your children to school. Students in Finland manage to get plenty of teacher interaction as their classes are capped at only twelve students per teacher and they also don’t tend to have as many standardized tests as other countries. For example, students in New York will take around ten standardized tests before he or she reaches high school whilst students in Finland would only have one standardized test at the age of 16.
Take a look at the infographic below to see just how impressive the Finnish school system actually is and how it can compare to the rest of the world.
So, does this manage to convince you that moving to Finland may be a really great idea? This infographic was made on behalf of OnlineStudents, the popular online resource of informative articles.
Feature Image – Mikael Miettinen
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