Finland to Remove All Traditional School Subjects

Globally, the education system of Finland stays in the top 10 making it as one of the best systems. But that does not stop them on reviewing and improving their school method. Presently, they are planning to “make a real revolution” in their education system.


It was announced that Finnish authorities wanted to get rid of the traditional school subjects from their curriculum. This means that they will no longer have history or geography, math, physics, and literature.

According to Marjo Kyllonen, Head of the Department of Education – Helsinki, there are schools that are using the traditional method that benefited the 1900 generation. However, the needs are no longer the same and the education needs a method that will benefit the 21st century. Kyllonen explains the new method:

The students will study events and phenomena in an interdisciplinary format rather than individual subjects. As an example, World War II will be reviewed from the perspective of history, geography and math. Also by attending the course “Working in a Cafe,” students will assimilate the entire knowledge about English language, communication skills, and economics.

This school system will be introduced when students reach the age of 16, during their senior year. The general concept is for the students to choose and decide for themselves topic or phenomenon they want to to learn and study considering their ambitions and capabilities. Hence, students will no longer to go through the whole course on chemistry or physics when they are thinking of “What do I need to know this for?”

The old-fashioned way of teacher-pupil communication will also change. The students will not anymore sit and wait to be called upon to give their answers to questions. The new system will encourage them to work together in small groups to discuss problems. The education system of Finland inspires collective work.

The school reform will also affect teachers. Teachers of various subjects need to cooperate and participate on this new system. Reports said that there are about 70% of teachers in Helsinki underwent preparatory training for the new method in presenting information. As a result, teachers will have salary increase.

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The school “revolution” is expected to finish by 2020.

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