The Finnish System of Education, Part Two

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As outlined in our previous post, the curriculum in Finland is continually under review – and those who review it are educational professionals, including senior teachers in schools. Changes to the basic curriculum are not subject to political or bureaucratic vetos. Finland’s professional educators are held in high esteem and are trusted to make good decisions on behalf of all learners.

The curriculum is a document guiding the school’s activities.

The curriculum does not only define the aims and contents of subjects.

All sectors that affect the school’s work are central.

These sectors include common values, general aims of teaching and education, conception of learning, development of the learning environment, the school’s operational culture, decisions regarding the organisation of work, the allocation of teaching hours, and the choice of teaching and working methods.

When teachers discuss these themes in their schools and write down their thoughts and ideas on the…

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