This post is adapted from an interview given by Antti Kalliomaki, Minister of Education and Science from Finland.
According to him, their system of education promotes equality between students regardless their social or economic background. School is free for all, and the local councils have the obligation to guarantee excellent conditions at school that promote quality of teaching as well as learning.
Students in primary school don't spend more than four hours at school, however, they have the possibility to choose, for free, from a wide range of extracurricular activities, either in the morning or in the afternoon.
School in Finland has got the role to offer children and teenagers the instruments to enjoy a rich cultural life, no matter their background.
The Minister also said that differentiation in education leads to exclusion, so they promote and keep values which favour community life and acceptance of differences and that are supposed to encourage their younger citizens to a more active citizenship.
In Finland, they believe that an investment in education is the right attitude to drive the country's economy into success and prosperity.
I wonder why we only copy the bad things....?