Research studies about schools that give homework and schools who don’t, prove students don’t need the pressure of homework to succeed in school. One would think schools that give homework would have higher test scores…but, that is wrong. Research shows the total opposite. In the country of Finland, the students don’t get homework and Finland students rank in the top 5 of smartest countries in the world. Several other countries have taken this approach and have had the same results.
There are many differences between the school system of Finland and the school system of the United States. The first major difference is all the teachers in Finland must have a master’s degree to teach. The teachers are also selected out of the top 10 percent of their class. The teachers in Finland are also given the same title as doctors and lawyers, where in the Unites States they are just teachers. Another benefit for the teachers of Finland is they only spend four hours out of the day in the classroom.
All Finland schools are also 100 percent state-funded, but at the same time they spend 30 percent less on their school system than the United States, saving thousands of dollars.
The children of Finland don’t begin going to school until they reach the age of seven. 30 percent of all students receive extra help during their first nine years of school. Students in elementary school receive 75 minutes of recess every day compared to the average of 27 minutes in the United States, providing the children with more exercise.
The classroom environment is also much different from the United States. All students are taught in the same classroom, so there are no “special” students like the United States has. Finland has a max of 16 students per science class allowing them to perform practical experiments more often. There is only one standardized test in Finland’s school system and everyone takes it at the age of 16.
93 percent of Finland students graduate from high school compared to the United States’ lower percent of 75.5; and, 66 percent of Finland students graduate from college with a master’s degree or higher, the highest percent in Europe. Also, 43 percent of their students who don’t go to college go on to vocational schools.