Ã…China education reform takes page from Finland What Finland Can Teach China | The Diplomat What Finland Shows China, U.S. | The Diplomat Chinese do not want to left anything by change on their way to world domination. Finnish way: Finland does not give their kids standardized tests. 1. Individual schools have curriculum autonomy; individual 2. teachers have classroom autonomy. It is not mandatory to give students grades until they are in the 3. 8th grade. All teachers are required to have a master's degree. 4. Finland does not have a culture of negative accountability for 5. their teachers. According to Partanen, "bad" teachers receive more professional development; they are not threatened with being fired. Finland has a culture of collaboration between schools, not 6. competition. Most schools, according to Partanen, perform at the same level, so there is no status in attending a particular facility. Finland has no private schools. 7. Education emphasis is "equal opportunity to all."They value 8. equality over excellence. A much higher percentage of Finland's educational budget goes 9. directly into the classroom than it does in the US, as administrators make approximately the same salary as teachers. This also makes Finland's education more affordable than it is in the US. Finnish culture values childhood independence; one example: 10. children mostly get themselves to school on their own, by walking or bicycling, etc. Helicopter parenting isn't really in their vocabulary. Finnish schools don't assign homework, because it is assumed 11. that mastery is attained in the classroom. Finnish schools have sports, but no sports teams. Competition is 12. not valued. The focus is on the individual child. If a child is falling behind, the 13. highly trained teaching staff recognizes this need and immediately creates a plan to address the child's individual needs. Likewise, if a child is soaring ahead and bored, the staff is trained and prepared to appropriately address this as well. Partanen correlated the methods and success of their public 14. schools to US private schools. We already have a model right here at home. Compulsory school in Finland doesn't begin until children are 7 15. years old.