There will no longer be any classes in physics, maths, literature, history, or geography in Finland as the officials there want to remove school subjects from the curriculum.
The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, explained the changes:
“There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s — but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century.“
Instead of individual subjects, students will study events and phenomena in an interdisciplinary format. For example, the Second World War will be examined from the perspective of history, geography, and math.
And by taking the course ”Working in a Cafe,” students will absorb a whole body of knowledge about the English language, economics, and communication skills.
In bringing these changes by 2020, Finland hopes to bring out the full potential of their students as well as their teachers.
Teaching is a highly respected and competitive profession. It pays well too. Applicants must have an excellent academic background and a master’s degree to become a teacher in the country’s schools.
The traditional format of teacher-pupil communication is also going to change. Students will no longer sit behind school desks and wait anxiously to be called upon to answer a question.
Instead, they will work together in small groups to discuss problems.
The Finnish education system encourages collective work, which is why the changes will also affect teachers.
The school reform will require a great deal of cooperation between teachers of different subjects.
Around 70% of teachers in Helsinki have already undertaken preparatory work in line with the new system for presenting information, and, as a result, they’ll get a pay increase.
The changes are expected to be complete by 2020.