July 7, 2021 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Isabelle Sitchon
In the United States, the school year has ended, and summer has begun. Local pools are opening to the public, beaches are starting to pack with people, and ice cream trucks are booming with business. However, many students in various countries are writing down notes in class right now. For some, summer break isn’t until later, and for others, their summer break is about to finish.
The world may teach some of the same concepts and subjects, but each country has a different school system. Around the world, the way people learn and teach is majorly different in comparison to the United States. Despite our differences in education, each and every country establishes guidelines, regulations, and routines within their school system in order to properly prepare their students for a life ahead. With that being said, here are some countries that run their education system a bit differently:
This leading high-tech country has garnered a reputation for having an extremely hard working culture. This is no different in the nation’s youth--most schools in South Korea start their school year during March. On a typical school day, many go to “school after school”, or namely, cram school. They end their day around 10 or 11 P.M., and get up early in the morning to go to school again. Studying culture is prominent in South Korean high schools, which is also common in many other Asian countries. It’s also encouraged even within the home, as many parents encourage their children to “study instead of doing chores” starting from middle school. According to studies conducted by the Korean National Statistics Office and Hofferth and Sandburg, South Korean students spend at least twice as much time studying mathematics than U.S. students. The young generation in South Korea are held up to high expectations, and with that comes a mountain of educational productivity and success.
After middle school, promising youth in Italy move on to specialized high schools to pursue a career at an early age. Students can choose between three types of high schools: “Liceo” (Lyceum), which specializes in humanities, science, languages, or art, “Instituto Tecnico” (technical institute), which specializes in studies such as economy, administration, technology, etc. and is paired with a three to six month internship, and “Instituto Professionale” (professional institute), which specializes in practical studies such as engineering, agriculture, gastronomy, etc. While the American students spend four years in high school, Italian students can spend up to five years there. And the reason being? Certain high school classes prepare students for qualifications and focus on specific careers. For example, Italian students may take “Istituti Tecnici” (Technical Institute) to get ready for a vocation.
Finland is known to have one of the best education systems in the world, but what exactly does Finland do differently? Compared to the rigorous study routines in places around the world, Finland is a bit more relaxed when it comes to education. There are no standardized exams; instead, students have a more flexible learning environment. The Finnish education system is based on the principle of “lifelong learning”, which encourages people to continue and advance their education. Children start school later than most, with the average age to start school being six or seven years old. In addition, the amount of homework given to students is minimal. The younger generation is taught by highly-trained teachers, most with a master degree or equivalent qualification. With such a system, students are able to healthily balance their life and their education.
Around the world, everyone--not just students--is learning each and every day. No matter which education system you’re in, continue to study not just for your future, but also to improve yourself and the environment around you.