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  •  test at end of high school for college admission (4+ / 0-)

    and can be retaken several times.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 05:02:51 AM PST

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    •  As a product of both systems... my two cents (4+ / 0-)

      There is a problem for students coming out of high school to University, because they are not just competing against their graduating peers, but those retaking the test.

      I made it on my second year...

      I went to High School in US in very good schools, but these didn't prepare me to take the entrance exam. So I had to study math and physics on my own to make it.

      Having had my own and watched my children in both school systems. I wouldn't put down US schools. My experience is that in US teachers are very dedicated and involved in their pupils education. One big difference is that the teachers in Finland have masters degrees and are quite well educated, though in US in high school many of my teachers had Phd. degrees.

      One big difference is that in US reading and writing seems to take huge amount of work even though children start learning it year or two earlier than in Finland. This takes away from subjects that are require a lot of repetition to learn, especially math, so in the beginning of High School students in US are year or two behind Finns.

      US schools that I've run across have very good overall variety of education. Emphasis on reports, presentations and debate are something I think Finnish schools should really learn from US. US is also ahead of Finns in soft subjects like music and other arts. World needs more engineers that can sing and dance... ;)

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