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A Look into the Most Rapidly Developed Education Systems

28 NOV 2014
Career Path : Education News

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While some countries, such as Canada, have had a stable economy and an exponentially growing education system since birth, other countries have had to catch up to world standards rapidly and with a statement. South Korea and Finland are two of these countries.

South Korea is known for having a very strict education system, highly focused on examinations. Given that South Korea was ravaged by civil war only 60 years ago, and only became a developed nation in the 1990s, the country has really achieved a lot. South Korea is 100% literate, and children study year round to prepare for examinations. The Korean model of learning teaches students how to work hard and how to persist after failure. The idea is that for years of hard studying, the payoff will be a great future.

Finland is another country which has found success in a completely different way. Finland was a country late to industrialization by the 1950s. Today, it is a developed country, and their education system reflects new approaches to childhood learning. Finland has shorter school days than in North America, and the country puts a large emphasis on extracurricular activities. Teachers spend 600 hours a year in the classroom, as opposed to US teachers who spend 1100 hours–however Finnish teacher use the rest of that time to receive feedback and training. There is also a wide understanding that those living in Finland must learn other languages other than Finnish to be successful, meaning the country is entirely bilingual.

Countries which are currently rapidly developing include China, Russia, Brazil and India. Perhaps in the next decade we will see the education system in these countries also make a massive transformation.

Source: TEDTalk