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Finland Will Become The First Country To Say Goodbye To Traditional Education System

Finland Will Become The First Country To Say Goodbye To Traditional Education System

Remember those days when you’d cram for your physics or chemistry exam and think to yourself, “when am I ever going to need to know this stuff?” Unless you were planning to go on and study those subjects further, it was common amongst many of us to think that complicated theories and maths equations just seemed to be a waste of time.

Couldn’t more time be dedicated to the subjects you did want to learn? The subjects you were passionate about, that you didn’t struggle with for hours trying to understand and scrape through with a pass mark?

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We all have different brains, and different ways of learning. While the traditional method of education in schools takes us through a breadth of subjects and focuses on each individual subject closely, schools in Finland are about to revolutionise the way these traditional subjects are taught in order to fit the need of today’s world.

How Finland Aim To Change Their Education System

Finland is consistently one of the best countries in the world for education. Continuously striving for the best ways to conduct lessons, improving the structure of the school day, looking after the needs of teachers and optimising the way in which children learn, Finland has come up with a way to banish the traditional curriculum subjects such as physics, maths, history, literature and geography – but not completely.

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The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen explains that while focusing on main subjects in the traditional way was effective in the early 1900s, the 21st century needs a different approach to looking at issues with an interdisciplinary way.

The 21st Century Interdisciplinary Method

The interdisciplinary method will integrate the important elements of traditional subjects where students will study events and phenomena in more than one way, as well as connecting them with the current issues and topics of today.

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For example, the topic of Word War II would be taught from the perspective of history, geography, and maths involving a more analytical connection and creating a more in depth, all-round study of the era. The aim is to allow the students to absorb a whole body of knowledge on a topic and not just gaining one perspective. This will help students use the necessary critical thinking and skills gained from each subject and allow them to place it into context.

Not only that, but the students will have the opportunity to choose which topic they want to focus on depending on future careers, or what they find interesting. For example, one topic presented in the new curriculum is a café scenario spread out throughout the year which involves an in-depth look at languages, economics and communication skills and how to apply them.

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Positive Change For Teachers And Students

The Finnish education system is due to implement the changes fully by 2020 for school kids over 16, but it’s not just for the students. The emphasis on opportunities and teaching quality in teachers without stress and pressure has always been a priority for schools in Finland. The new systems aims to maintain this and create a new dynamic within the classrooms.

There will be more emphasis on group work ending the traditional desk layout of the classrooms in order to encourage collective problem-solving and integration between students. It also encourages teachers of different subjects to work together more closely in order to produce the best experience for the children.

While completely reforming their education system, Finland are not afraid to make changes and stick to them. Seventy percent of teachers in Helsinki are already in the process of making the change that will end the struggle for many students who spend too much time learning subjects out of context and ability. More importantly, will other countries be willing to follow?

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

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Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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