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Let’s be more like Finland

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week of work and writing. I’ve started a new project and I’m happy to report it’s going well. The kids are back in school and we’re settling down to a routine. Summer went to fast for me, and I’m already missing it.

But enough about that, today I’d like to talk about our school system. For children, play is how they learn. They learn how to manipulate their environment through play. As they grow, their play changes. They go to school and start learning to read and write.

Our educational system needs to incorporate play more into the curriculum. Do away with homework and have more recess for the younger kids and maybe some recess for the older ones as well. Finland ranks the highest in education and their system is radically different than ours.

In Finland, kids start school at the age of seven. They start later in the morning between nine and nine forty-five, and homework is frowned upon. We need to mimic their educational system. I’ve also heard that they’re a people who place a high priority on family and community. Are there mass shootings in Finland? Not like in the US. In fact, seventy-three percent of the one hundred and thirty-nine mass shootings in developed companies are attributed to the United States. Not that the educational system is to blame but revamping it couldn’t hurt.

Finland also provides educational options past the traditional college degree. There’s less stress and more emphasis on caring. Spread throughout the day are fifteen and twenty minute intervals where the students can get up and decompress. It seems to be working for them.

We could learn a lot from Finland, and it should be our country’s goal to educate all members of society in a way that’s beneficial for the members. Why aren’t the powers that be looking at this and making changes?

The reason is because our educational system has become a politician’s tool. A way to secure votes from parents. Promises are made but rarely kept. I’m not sure how to go about making the changes we need to make. Any ideas? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

For more information on Finland’s educational system, click on the link below:


I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

8 thoughts on “Let’s be more like Finland

  1. You would think this would be a bi-partisan effort since we are educating the future of our nation. I am at a loss to explain why education isn’t a national priority. As you noted, promises are made every election cycle. The greatest country in the world should be leading the way in innovating and maintaining the finest educational experiences in the world. It sounds like Finland is doing just that.

  2. Education in the U.S. is controlled by the unions and the DOE, neither of which have the children’s best interests as their focus. I taught in public schools for over 30 years and my heart breaks at the fact that there are so many children being left behind to struggle on their own because they don’t meet the standards that the teachers are demanding. Instead of making education fit the child, here in the U.S. we try to force each child into the same mold and it just doesn’t work.

    1. I hear you and agree. We need to be more focused on the kids. I wish I knew of a way to make this change. I feel kids would be happier. There would be less teen suicides and fewer school shootings.

  3. Great, eye-opening post, Lisa! Yes, I’ve heard Finland not only exceeds at education, but is also the best country in the world to live in. Isn’t that interesting? Not sure why our countries haven’t adopted many (or any) of Finland’s ways to run a country. Cheers and happy writing, my friend!

    1. I hear you. I want to move to Finland. LOL! Except I’d miss my extended family. I would love it if we revamped our educational system. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate you! ❤

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