As you may have already heard, Finland’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. In international ratings, it’s always in the top ten. These facts aside, Finnish education leaders are still investigating ways to continuously improve for their students and communities. The next step? Removing all school subjects from the curriculum. This means no more physics, math, literature, history or geography.

Instead, 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.

“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,” explained Marjo Kyllonen, the head of the Department of Education in Helsinki.

The traditional format of teacher-pupil communication is also going to change. Students will work together in small groups to discuss problems rather than sit behind desks awaiting instruction.

This system will be introduced for senior students, beginning at the age of 16.

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