Finland to get rid of “All School Subjects”

By Andrew Pillow

The country of Finland already gets quite a bit of attention for it’s educational system. The Finns are once again going to have the eyes of the academic world on them, on the heels of their latest announcement. Finland plans to get rid of “all school subjects”.

Does this mean they aren’t teaching any core content? Not quite. Students in Finland will still learn all necessary skills and knowledge however, said skills and knowledge will not be confined to a single subject. Instead schools will take an “interdisciplinary” approach.

Bright Side explains

"Instead of individual subjects, 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.
This system will be introduced for senior students, beginning at the age of 16. The general idea is that the students ought to choose for themselves which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions for the future and their capabilities. In this way, no student will have to pass through an entire course on physics or chemistry while all the time thinking to themselves “What do I need to know this for?”

 

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.