Finland set to become first Country in the World to abolish Books and subjects from the educational system
Children in Finland at this very moment may be whooping for joy. Educational authorities in Finland are contemplating removing books from the educational system where they may not be subjects such as Math, literature, history, physics or geography. Although Finland’s educational system is considered one of the best in the world, this is what the Head of education Marjo Kyllonen had to say.
“There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s — but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century.“
1 A revolution in education
Finnish educational system authorities are all set to create a revolutionary new method of education, one without books! How cool will that be? Instead of the regular history geography literature science and math, students will be required to study phenomena and events within an interdisciplinary format.
Subjects will now consist of examples like World War II that will explore aspects of the war through history, geography and math. Should one opt for something like “working in a café” related subjects will be taught such as English language, communication and economics? This is an entirely new take on education.
2 The new education system
Initially the new format of education will include senior students aged 16 and above. The idea behind such a system is to allow students to choose for themselves what topic will suit them best taking into account their career choices and ambition. The new system will now eliminate the need for a student to go through an entire semester studying physics or chemistry wondering why he would need to study such a subject that may not be of any use to him.
Not only will education change, even the format of pupil –teacher system is about to undergo radical changes too. Instead of sitting behind school desks, students will be required to have group’s discussions to solve problems.
3 Teachers being prepared for new system to commence in 2020
The Finland education system advocates collective work and as such the new system will also include teachers. Teachers will have to extend their whole hearted cooperation in abiding by the new school system. &0% of teachers in Helsinki have already been given preparatory training for imparting the new education system which also includes a hike in pay. The new system will roll out in 2020.