Everyone in modern society understands the importance of education. Are our methods the only way for our kids to learn? Finland has an interesting alternative.
The country has set a unique example by planning to become the world’s first country to do away with all the traditional subjects taught in schools to date. They have come up with a plan that will allow children to learn in a different way that is not only effective but also interesting.
Schools in Finland are planning to implement an interdisciplinary approach where kids will analyze and study events. They will explore the phenomenon with an approach that is more suitable to modern-day needs.
Speaking about the drastic change that the country is planning to make, the head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, called the traditional approach for learning, old-fashioned. According to him, what was best for the 1900s is not applicable to the advanced world that we live in.
From now on, a student learning about the world wars will learn about them from the perspective of history, geography, and math. In this process of learning, he or she will master the rules of English grammar and its fluency.
You may be wondering if this change will be embraced by all age groups. Looking at the understanding that is required to benefit from this approach, it will be introduced in students aged 16 and above. The idea is to help students to choose their future path, as they identify their fields of interest.
Is it only the study approach that will undergo a change? Apparently, Finland is also planning to bring changes in the seating arrangements. Kids in that country will no longer sit on benches facing a blackboard. They will form groups and exchange ideas for better sharing of knowledge.
Finland is making an attempt to promote collective learning that will teach children to co-operate with each other while exploring new things. It will be interesting to know that already 70 percent of the schools have started the groundwork for the implementation of the new methods. The implementation is expected to take place by the year 2020? What results will the changes bring? Only time will tell us. What do you think?