what do you know about education in finland
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT EDUCATION IN FINLAND?
- It’s a place where tuition is free for all students from preschool through high school.
- Where there are no exams, and children do not have to do homework.
- Where there is "the longest break time in the world".
- Top quality education in the world.
But there is another special thing that you may not have heard or known: this country's special but "not special" education program.
ALL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
In Finland, all children are given one or even more special education classes from the time of preschool or primary school.
Depending on the needs of that class, or of some students in the classroom, the school will decide to build special lessons to learn about the difficulties of the students in order to have early detection and intervention to help them learn better.
EARLY DETECTION AND INTERVENTION IS NECESSARY TO HELP CHILDREN SUCCEED
In Finland, teachers believe that early intervention is essential. Therefore, right after discovering that children have abnormalities and difficulties, they must immediately learn about it and help children in time.
Early detection must be done before the child's real problems emerge.
And so, the early intervention program, special education will work out. If all educational, health, and emotional factors they need are provided, 90% of students will succeed in their regular classes.
Therefore, in classes in Finland, children are very much cared for whether there are any small problems such as difficulty in reading, difficulty in concentrating, difficult to grasp the problem, etc. Children will be taught and paid attention to. Subject teachers observe the abnormalities of the children in their class and on the weekends, when the meeting is held, the teachers will discuss about it and take necessary steps to find out the way to help them. There may be special classes taught by the special education teacher, to directly observe and detect the child's difficulties early.
There is nothing special to know that all students in Finland have experienced special education programs very early on.
SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM TEAM AT FINNISH SCHOOLS
Each Finnish school have a volunteer team that includes: Principal, special education teachers, psychologists, and school nurses. Meetings take place twice a month to discuss additional support for children with special needs.
Special education teachers will grasp the needs of the students and find timely support for all students to develop evenly and no one will be left behind, by arranging special class when required by subject teachers, organizing separate classes for children who need help, etc.
In addition, weekly briefings and discussions to regularly assess each student are also actively implemented by Finnish schools. As a result, all children are interested, built a unique curriculum suitable for their ability to develop comprehensively.
ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME AT SCHOOL!
Finland's special education program is integrated into all schools and even all of them have been taught that program. Children with special needs have not been separated from their friends and get extra care right away in the classroom to keep up with the others. This program has promptly intervened early and helps children have more opportunities to develop better. It is called a special education program but has been normalized throughout schools, and the effectiveness is immense. This is also the key to the success of Finnish education.
At this point, surely you have somewhat understand the special but "not special" education program in Finland. A special education program but for all children, fair and indistinguishable. The miraculous education program brings not only learning and success opportunities to all children, but also brings happiness to them because of the welcome and dedicated care at the school.
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