Creating Citizens That Are Professionally Ready: Finland Schools Ditches ‘Subjects’
Finland’s education system is about to undergo an interesting radical and fundamental change.
Despite enjoying the reputation of being having one of the best education system, Finland’s education department has embarked on a quest that will see students in classroom not studying subjects and instead use their classrooms as conferences where there will be discussing a variety of topics.
Liisa Pohjolainen, who is the head of the youth and adult education in Helsinki, Finland’s capital which is at the for-front of this new campaign, acknowledged that this is something new and slowly they will be able to establish it fully.
“This is going to be a big change in education in Finland that we’re just beginning,” she said.
Pasi Silander, Helsinki’s development manager stated that the country’s education system is very logical despite the fact that it appears radical.
“What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life. Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed. We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”
This is not farfetched for those who live in Finland as the country’s teens are engaged in what the country has called “phenomenon teaching” – or teaching by the topic. For instance lessons which touch on “cafeteria services” will include a variety of elements such as the language that should be used while communicating to customers (so as to help foreign customers), finance as well as evaluating their techniques.