AMAZING: Finland To Become The First Country In The World To GET RID Of ALL School Subjects
It’s no secret that the modern educational system desperately needs changes. Graduates of schools do not cope with everyday duties, which are an integral part of adult life.
Fortunately, this is not the case in all countries of the world, and some of them even try to change the usual approach to learning. In Finland, which has long been one of the world leaders in the field of education, at the moment there is a large-scale reform of the educational system.
The Finnish education system is considered one of the best in the world. Internationally, it is always in the top-ten list: the indicators of language and mathematical literacy are incredibly high. One of the world’s leading experts in the field of school reform and the education system, Harvard University professor Pasi Sahlberg wrote many articles about the Finnish educational system. He put a lot of effort into sharing the Finnish experience of educational reforms with the rest of the world, and it was not for nothing.
However, this does not mean that the Finnish authorities will stop introducing innovations in their school system. Namely, they want to abolish all school subjects from the curriculum. There will be no more classes in physics, mathematics, literature, history, and geography.
Incredible educational reform in Finland: from subjects to topics!
This big change will involve abolishing all subjects from the curriculum. Here, the principle of thematic teaching will be introduced, which will allow students to move away from ordinary school subjects and replace them with a holistic, interdisciplinary approach.
The Head of the Helsinki School of Education, Marjo Kyllonen, said he believes the current way of teaching children is based on the model used for pupils and students at the beginning of the 1900s but is no longer relevant or useful in our modernized learning mode.
He strongly believes that our needs have changed and that we need to adapt our teaching to align it with our new way of thinking and development.
New century, new needs in education
Major changes will involve removing all subjects from the curriculum, as suggested by Finnish officials, which will be replaced by studying individual events and phenomena. Thematic training is an approach that is fundamentally different from the usual division into subjects such as mathematics or natural science. Instead, students take one particular phenomenon or concept and view it through the prism of the various fields of knowledge to which it relates – geography, history or economics.
Even a form of teaching termed “cafeteria work” is suggested, which will develop students’ communication skills in English, economics, and communication.
The new system, which is planned to be introduced in 2020, will be introduced to students aged 16, which means that after completing their initial education from a wide range of subjects, they can choose what specific event or phenomenon they want to study based on their interests and future prospects.
High school students, older than 16, will be free to choose the topics they want to learn by collaborating with each other. Rather than sitting in the classroom and counting minutes to freedom, they will be able to discuss, try and solve problems themselves.
It allows them more interaction than just sitting behind their desk, waiting to raise their hands and ask the teacher questions.
The basic idea is to eliminate the abandonment and non-inclusion of students who have to listen to individual classes they believe will not need them with respect to their hopes and ambitions for future careers. Instead, students will apply that subject to a specific theme which they choose to acquire the same knowledge and skills, but will use it in a much more productive way that is more useful for their individual learning.
The Finnish educational system also encourages collective work, meaning that students will work together in small groups to discuss, instead of sitting individually in their desks where a teacher teaches them. The new system seems to increase self-confidence, giving students more control over their education, and proves the success of co-operation and discussion. In addition to stimulating a sense of self-confidence, the new system also promotes social skills and self-expression.
The Finnish approach to education can already be considered innovative, and perhaps that is why many teachers welcome the transition to a new style of teaching. In fact, 70% of teachers in Helsinki are somehow involved in the transition to a new system of thematic training. They have already begun preparations for the new way of teaching and as a result will get a salary increase.
As a schooling system which is considered to be one of the best in the world, is this drastic change in the way we teach our children a pioneering approach that shows other countries the way for future generations?
What do you think of that?