American V.S. Finnish Education Systems

American V.S. Finnish Education Systems

Macy Schafer, Journalist

By the time you finish reading this, you’ll probably want to move to Finland. 

Finland has one of the top-ranking education systems globally, with its title as the eighth-most educated country in the world and holding the highest ranking in high school completion rate. While the education system in the United States has their students start their school days as early as 6:00 am, students in Finland begin their days at 8:15 am with a fifteen-minute break between each class and an hour for lunch. While American students are bombarded with intimidating and life-altering standardized tests that last hours at the end of each school year, Finnish students are never obligated to take any tests throughout their school years. Not only do their schools start later, but Finnish children don’t start their academic years until they turn seven instead of five or sometimes even four in America. Students here in the U.S. are forced to go through thirteen grueling years of school, but Finnish students are required to go to school for only nine years until, at the age of sixteen, when they are allowed to decide what they want for their future. So, what do you think? Undoubtedly, you’re currently working on how to pronounce, ‘Rekisteröi minut,’- Finnish for ‘Sign me up!’