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Finland to reform education for the digital age






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Finland wants more than to have the world's best education system. It wants to prepare students for the digital age. It wants to put more emphasis on digital and workplace skills. An example of this would be to use 3D printers in classes for students to make models of things they read about. There will also be training in real-life work places. Students' performance would be judged by a teacher and by a worker from the company helping the student.

One teacher explained why change was necessary. She said school is divided into subjects to learn, but our brain is not divided into subjects. She said students needed to think differently. They needed to think about the problems in the world. She questioned whether today's children get the skills to succeed in such an inter-cultural world. She warned it would be a mistake to let children think that the world is simple, and that all they need is facts.

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