Monday, 31 March 2014


There's education system in Finland. How about your country?


Ale Mafaldologa said...

Guatemala is located in Central America. Population 14 millions, more than 60% are indigenous, descendants of the Mayans.

Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Nearly 32% of the country’s population is illiterate. That statistic jumps to more than 60% in the indigenous population. According to USAID, average schooling in Guatemala is only four years and only three of ten children graduate from sixth grade.
The current state of the education system is substandard. Many classrooms, especially in rural Guatemala, do not have adequate teaching materials. Additionally, with more than half the population living below the poverty line, many children – especially rural and indigenous children – are forced to drop out of school to help support their families or because they are unable to afford the cost of uniforms, books, supplies and transportation.
Only 10% of poor, rural indigenous girls are enrolled in secondary school
Guatemala also suffers gender disparity in the education statistics. Of the 2 million children in Guatemala that do not attend school, the majority are indigenous girls living in rural areas. In fact, over half of the Guatemalan population is indigenous and only 10% of poor, rural indigenous girls are enrolled in secondary school. Most indigenous girls in Guatemala are Mayan and they are among the country’s most disadvantaged group with limited schooling, early marriage, frequent childbearing, and chronic poverty. The need to invest in education, particularly for underserved girls, is acute.

Dropout rates are high, especially for girls.
Children are often forced to leave school due to the need to provide family income. Girls particularly are often forced to take care of siblings, marry early, or leave school to help support the family. In many poor communities, school fees for tuition, textbooks, uniforms and supplies often force children to drop out of school as these expenses can easily consume a substantial percentage of a poor family’s income.

Quality education is lacking.
In Guatemala, particularly in rural schools and in indigenous communities, schools are often poorly funded and lack adequate books, curriculum guides, literacy materials and exam prep guides. Additionally, teachers are not properly trained, particularly in rural schools. Finally, recruiting and retaining quality teachers in rural schools poses a significant challenge.


Alejandra H. Rodríguez
Guatemala city

Adeline said...

The school system in Texas is generic for America I suppose. Our schools are separated by grades with kindergarten starting at age 5, and it last for half a day. The only difference is, if your birthday is after September 2nd you have to wait a year to start, so it leads to staggering of the ages. Grades kindergarten through 6th all are in the same buildings and facilities. The days last from 8 to 3. The only breaks are recess for 20 minutes after lunch. Starting in the 3rd grade the students will start moving rooms for different subjects, and it is also when the first of the yearly standardized testing starts that last through 11th grade. All students attend a gym, a music and an art class that trades off days of the week. In the 6th grade you are allowed to choose an elective from art, music or band and must attend the gym class once a week.

After 6th grade the students go to the middle schools, this can vary depending on the district but the one I attended had the 7th and 8th grade together while some add the 6th grade to this. In these schools the students chose the classes they want to attend, one of the 4 core classes and 3 electives, and have the choice of Pre- Advanced placement classes, which are required to take the advanced classes in High school. The students have 5 minutes breaks between classes, which are the only breaks they have in addition to the 30 minuet lunch. You must have one art elective and one physical elective, but the 3rd elective is your choice. The homework load is much more than that of elementary anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, for each core class. The day last from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm like the high school

The 9th grade can be in its own school, or in with the High schools (9-12). These schools you are allowed to choose your classes from a wide range of courses, (but you must have one that would fit in each core area). So you have to have a history, a math, a science, and a English class, but you can chose world or American history, and things like that. You also have the options of Pre AP classes, it goes to the advanced placement in different years. History starts the AP classes in your sophomore (10th) year and the rest in your Junior (11th) year. Now the only way to get into these classes is either to test into them, have taken the Pre-Ap classes, or to have such high grades in the regular classes that you are allowed in. The AP classes allow you to take a test at the end of the year that you are scored on from a 1 to a 5 with 5 being the best. Colleges will grant you the credit hours of a class for these scores, each college has their own scores they will accept.
Throughout the 4 years you must meet a few requirements not of the core classes, but they can be spaced over the years. You must take at least 1 art credit, at least 2 P.E. credits a government class, and an economics class. The students have 10 minutes to get from class room to class room, and this along with the 25 minuets lunch is the only breaks they get. In my district, we had all 7 classes a day for 45 minutes each. As in the previous schools, it is Bi-semester grading period, that last for the year. Students can have anywhere from 1 to 3 hours of homework a night. All of this is subjective however as some school districts can start at different times, and could have a day system. This is where you only go to certain classes on day 1 and then the rest on day 2 and the day’s trade off. That allows the classes to run longer,

I was in the highest ranking school district of Texas (for the public schools), so nearly everyone was focused on their studies. Over 90% of our graduates went to a College, over half of them on scholarships. Our dropout rate was below .05% although the state as a whole has a dropout rate of 87.7 percent and of those that do make it through only 61.2% go to higher education. These number vary widely from district to district because of a number of factors. In Texas you cannot dropout of school until you are the age of 16, so even then most people are literate.

Thomas said...

In Switzerland, where I live, the schools as well as the holidays are bound to the cantons (our 26 states) rather than to the main government which is located in Bern, the Swiss capital. Thanks to some regulations, there is a similar amount of matter taught at a certain level of education though.

Children get to the Kindergarten at the age of four. At the age of 6, they enter primary school which usually lasts six years. After those, there is a choice to make. Either going for the so-called "secondary school" which continues education for three years or attending classes at a "Gymnasium".
The secondray school belongs together with the primary school to the mandatory education. Therefore parents don't have to pay for that service, if their children attend classes at a public school. As all teachers have to go through a pretty thorough education, there is basically no difference in quality between public and private schools. After graduating from secondary school, some choose to apply for jobs and start to work somewhere.

Some also move on to a Gymnasium after secondary (the same schools some kids with good grades can go to right after primary). The Gymnasium contains, like primary school, another six years of education. Students graduating from an official Gymnasium got a federally aknowledged graduation and are allowed to any Swiss university as scholars without pre-test. Some also decide not to get scholars and rather want to earn some money after graduation from the Gymasium.

As it is very difficult for droputs to find jobs, especially at secondary level, the number of ddropouts is quite low.

Also there is a good differentiation of schools. In secondary level, there also is the "Realschule" which is basically a secondary school with slower progress through teaching matter.

On par with the Gymnasium, there also is a "Handelsmittelschule" (Trading middleschool) which is more focused on a business oriented education.

It is only in universities though that one is able to obtain academic degrees starting with "Bachelor" and ending with "Professor".

Karla Mušková said...

Education in the Czech Republic is free and compulsory from ages 6 to 15. In 1996, the gross primary enrollment rate was 104 percent, and in 1995, the net primary enrollment rate was 86.9 percent.

Primary school attendance rates were unavailable for the Czech Republic as of 2001. While enrollment rates indicate a level of commitment to education, they do not always reflect children’s participation in school. Ethnic Roma children attend school less regularly and attend “special schools” for mentally disabled or socially maladjusted individuals.

The Czech school system has four degrees:

Preschools (from 2 to 5 years old)
Elementary (from 6 to 15 years old, mandatory)
High schools, grammar schools, colleges and training colleges

Education in the Czech Republic is free, but there are some exceptions like preschools which are paid by parents, though only the last year before entering elementary school is free. There is also a long-standing talk about paying fees for attending university. However, as education is free, parents pay only textbooks, basic equipment and food if their child eats in a school cafeteria. The state pays health insurance for students up to 26 years of age.

Anonymous said...

Good day! :D
I am from Finland. I have studied here from a Child.

I can tell you real reason why our school education is so good.

1. Everyone must go to school and it is Free! You do not have to pay for it unless it is some very special education that is not usually usefull to most people. Also you can get money from our Goverment to help with your studying... so you have money to live, buy books and study equally.
Not only rich people have possibility to study :)

2. Everyone must take basic courses that includes Math, Physics, Chemistry, Languages like Finland, England and Sweden. and so on... you can pick fun courses but you must take useful courses too. I heard in USA you can instead math take baby sitting course and that is not possible in Finland. You can tough pay and go on Baby sitting course on your free time.

3. We have free school food. Older students get very very cheap school food. Food helps you to stay smart and focus on lessons.

Things that are not true I must correct here.
1. We can have a classes with students from 10 to 30. number is based on: How many students are on area (if many then they will be many), how high education it is... Usually classes get smaller what higher education it is.
When I was at "basic school" that teaches Basic stuff, We had 25-30 students. About... then in next level we had something like 20 to 25 people on class... and now the highest I am at has something like 10 to 18 students or something like that :D
2. We do have special class for people who need special help... But you can have help on Classes too... it is just that if you need so much help, that teacher do not have enough time for you in regular class, then you can get to smaller class 1-6 people, where you can have much more help from teacher.

This is personal thing. We have better and worse teachers. Good teacher gives their time to student and helps them... Bad teacher does not give a fuck and I think we should just kick them out of school and get better teachers. Usually our teachers love to teach students.

Also yes... it is same level education as Layer or Doctor to become Teacher... tough they study very different subjects blah blah :D
It is still tough way harder to become layer or doctor than it is to become teacher. Almost anyone who wants can become teacher here, they just have to go to school and get the education.

We have now on our class slower learner. Not only teachers help him to understand, also we students do our best to help him ^^
We also have teachers who notice that if one is slower at learning they come to ask them if they need further explanation. This friend of mine gets lot of time from teachers and students to help him understand. And he does with time ^^
He does work and it pays off. He will be just fine. Much better than those who do not come to school. If you don't come to school, none can help yeh *shrugs*

3. Also we DO have homework... most of us just do not bother to do them because school is free and those kids do not know how lucky they are, and parents are not doing their job because they think School will do that for them :D
But you can get very good numbers even if you do not do your homework
I did not do homework but I still got good numbers because I listened at class and did stuff there. Now I do homework if I have time for that. I have found homework entertaining.

Homework helps with learning :D

-Man Finland