alright let me just get this straight because the whole public/private school thing has always bothered me.
There are no private schools in Finland.
Here it is forbidden by law for any school to make profit. whether the school is raising the funds on their own or if they’re getting it from the local administrative division, they are not allowed to charge their students one cent. Basically, all kids go to a public school, all kids start on the same level regardless of their background, the child of a CEO sits in the same classroom with the child of a blue-collar.
Here’s what I love about the Finnish education system: the government has understood that offering kids equal chances in learning is - well - equality. The quality of their education, the possibility to a better life should not be dependent on the amount of money a parent can afford to put into their kid’s education.
But let’s face it, public schools offer terrible education, low-quality teachers who are not even qualified to teach, and paid a meagre wage even if they are… And public schools, of course, have the “no child left behind”-policy, that forces slower kids through the school year at an unmanageable speed, while faster kids are held back. Public schools suck. So if all schools in Finland are public, how come they even keep up with the US?
This may be the case in the US, because the US school system and its separation into public or private divisions perpetuates this inequality.
You must understand that the “public school” stigma doesn’t truly exist in many other countries outside the US. The quality of teaching in all Finnish schools is high, teachers are better paid and better educated themselves, and the government ultimately supervises all education happening in the country to make sure it is up to international standards. Since the beginning of PISA tests in 2000, USA has ranked around 20th-40th, while Finland has been one of the leading nations worldwide, often in the top three.
Could you write something about this one? I had heard people say “varo heikkoa jäätä” a few times in a very morbid tone, but didn’t know where it came from before a friend showed this to me. I find it absolutely terrifying even as an adult. Had I seen it as a kid, I would have been scarred for life.
—Submission from Anne
I’ve posted this once here. But really, you can never be to careful so here it goes, once again. It’s an educational animation for little children so they wouldn’t go walking on the ice. Watch it, get some nightmares and BEWARE OF THE THIN ICE!
Bus seats in Finland - for the unsocial people, like me.
Rule number one in Finnish public transport culture: Don’t sit next to anyone. Unless the seats are like this.
In every other cases fill the spots from window seats. Then standing up seats. If the bus gets crowded sit next to someone but sit as far as possible from the other person and turn your head to look to the completely different direction. Don’t say a word.
And if you’re the one sitting next to window pray all the gods that the other person leaves before you, because otherwise you’d have to speak to him/her. Usually it’s something like “Umm..ileavenow”. Remember, no sorries or smiles. Just say it as low and fast as possible without making any eye contact.
legit advise for people visiting finland. that “ileavenow” is “mä jään täs” in finnish. it’s okay if you don’t pronounce it perfectly right because the only reason someone would talk to strangers in public transport is to ask them to move, so they will get the hint.
BUT! usually just things like putting your phone away and rustling your bag and looking like you are about to leave will do the trick. no need for words.
….and this is how you wait for a bus in finland:
Reblogging because of that picture. So true. And familiar.