lets compare the top 5 countries with the best educational system

Calgary, Alberta
March 18, 2012 5:46pm CST
the top 5 countries that is said to have the best educational system ranking are 5.Canada 4.Japan 3.Korea 2. Singapore and the number 1 is Finland. these 5 countries have the highest average but the Finland amazed me the most. I believe the Asian countries mentioned on the list were always been impressive academically but I had seen students from those countries complaining about the pressure and stress they went through because its way too competitive. In Japan and Korea, They have the so called Cram schools,basically its a school where you still study after going to school. so its Study all day along until you lose your childhood.. but I think its optional. their standards are way to high and its way too strict. But i think its not really the school system's fault, its more about the pressure from parents because Asian parents had always been strict. Japan,Korea and Singapore do have good results but their system is way too competitive. Canada have a better rate than US,the Asian countries mentioned on the list gave higher ranks but I guess Canadians gets through less stress than the top Asian countries but they were not number 1. Finland being number 1 have a shock factor though, They were number in the world but they were not trying to be competitive. They have a more laid back and relax school environment, students gets through less stress and pressure but they show the best results. The subjects student seemed to get are based on their skills and based on what they wanted to be. Their students were also said to be good in Math. teacher have a decent salary and their classrooms don't look like "brainwash machines" and "robot factory" like the other top countries have. I had seen documentaries about Finnish educational system and its so impressive. They have a low drop out rate. In my country I remember how teachers treats under-performing students as second class citizens but in Finland students are treated as equals. another impressive thing about their educational system, students are multilingual.... In most countries teaching students a second language is already a challenge for them but its not the case in Finland. They also have an early detection of student's weaknesses, lets say the student is weak in Math, that student will get help and support so he or she can work on his or her weaknesses. The other top countries and the countries at the bottom were all using a stressful school system. I am so jealous, I wish my country have an educational system like theirs.
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@GardenGerty (104315)
• United States
19 Mar 12
Over the years Finland has had a lot of outstanding achievers. I am not sure why they are so much smarter than every one else. Maybe some of it has to do with lifestyle and diet as well as good supportive schools. Kids do need to feel valued and safe to learn.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Mar 12
you know what is ironic, their classes where only 5 hours, Just imagine how laid back their system is. I mean in Asian achiever countries students where pressured to the highest level so they will study hard. Who would have thought a relaxed laid back system becomes number 1 in the world. Private schools were seemed to be banned in Finland too.
@fannitia (2170)
• Bulgaria
18 Mar 12
Congratulations, CaptAlbert! This is a very interesting topic. I didn't know nothing about this ranking but now I'll try to find out more. I'm not surprised about the Asian countries educational systems. This should be really stressful but we can see the results in the economical achievements of these countries. I'm not surprised about Finland too. As I know Finish are good and studious people. The teaching of foreign languages is a focus in the education system and the children very early begin with more than one foreign language. In this northern country life is not so hectic as in the Asian ones and this shapes the educational system.
• Calgary, Alberta
18 Mar 12
Though for sure the Asian countries on top have good results, their system is something I dont want to get through if I were a student. Just because the strictness level is over the top. I really wonder how Finland was able to develop a laid back and relaxed system that shows results. I think US is trailing because the teachers dont seemed to be treated with respect, classrooms are crowded, and also the social system of schools also causes the harm. You in the US, smart kids are social outcast being bullied, so many students didnt study hard so they will be "cool" and they dont want to be called nerds. The popular kids are the ditzy cheerleaders and dumb jocks. In Asian schools dumb students are bullied and humiliated.... everyone is pressured to be on top. i think one of the reason Finland's system works, students are treated as equals.
@fannitia (2170)
• Bulgaria
19 Mar 12
It seems that they have excellent teachers too. In my country teachers have been underpaid for years and now only desperate people who can't find other job become teachers. In this situation the public schools become worse and worse. And the private ones are no better but the taxes are huge.
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• Calgary, Alberta
21 Mar 12
according to a video I watched on youtube, Most people who get teacher courses in college are the top of their class when they graduated highschool. I think most teachers around the world, are usually at the bottom of the highschool graduates when they go to college. Most top students in highschools prefers to be a doctor or engineer. top graduates dontwant to be teachers. Being underpaid is also factor for sure. when we have decent payment, we are inspired to do our jobs.
• Philippines
19 Mar 12
Wow! You surely dissected a good analysis of the top 5 countries in terms of educational system. You must have been researching much about these countries. Yes, I am quite surprised too to see Finland in that list. Maybe because I never hear them out or they don't publicize much about their education system. I do know that the Japanese and Korean system is a high standard one. I have a lot of batchmates and colleagues who are studying in those countries. I don't get much to hear from Canada and Finland. Maybe because the scholarship programs that I see and heard of are mostly from Asian countries and other European countries. But yes, I do think that pursuing education in those countries can be mind wrecking. But I must admit that I would like to try some scholarship programs abroad too and the Asian countries in the list are a great options. Yes, how I wish our country also boasts a great educational system like those 5 countries mentioned. Our country really needs higher educated individuals to help us move further and nearer the newest technology there is at present and be able to cope up with the fast changing world.