Education and Finland
August 22, 2011 5:23 PM Subscribe
Four days ago Smithsonian Magazine published
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an in-depth examination of the Finnish education system (and what the U.S. can learn from the Finns). Here's a quote: "Schools provide food, medical care, counseling and taxi service if needed. Student health care is free... Besides Finnish, math and science, the first graders take music, art, sports, religion and textile handcrafts. English begins in third grade, Swedish in fourth. By fifth grade the children have added biology, geography, history, physics and chemistry."
A few months earlier the Boston Globe published an op-ed
about the Finnish education system, touching on many of the same topics (although with fewer specific examples).