Countries with a Fresh Approach to Catering K 12 Education


With the changing times, the face of the schooling systems of some of the countries are also undergoing drastic changes, only for the better. While majority of the nations are holding on to the traditional teaching methods which are evidently failing, there are several countries which have gone beyond the traditional approaches of schooling the students. These approaches seem to be working in favor the countries since they have claimed soaring ranks in the PISA list. Facts suggest that most of the countries which score an A+ grade in education keep their student-teacher ratio low, keep students in school for longer hours and produce the greatest number of graduates who have received the quality education.

In Japan, it is not compulsory to attend high school but the percentage of students who get enrolled in high schools is close to 98%. One of the shocking facts of Japanese schooling system is that the students are never detained in a class irrespective of their test grades and performances. Moreover, Japan holds number second ranking in the list of PISA.

South Korea is another country schooling-system of which has brought the country to number one ranking as per the PISA. In South Korea even if students are randomly assigned private and public high schools, they still remain at the top of academic assessments.

Finland attempts to develop its schools as less restrictive spaces. For children who never attended any school until the age of seven get 15 minutes of outdoor play session after every hour of the five-hour school day. Moreover, the students don’t get evaluated on the basis of grading system until fourth grade or the senior year. Despite the leeway, students of Finland are consistent high scorers in the PISA. Furthermore, in Finland the gap between the weakest and the strongest student is the slimmest.

Norway is the country which expends 6.6% of its GDP on education, which is only 1.5% less than the U.S. It also attempts to maintain a student-teacher ratio below 9:1. Besides, the students aren’t evaluated on the basis of grades. Instead, their academic performance is interpreted by the teachers on the basis of their national curriculum.

These novel and innovative measures have lead the students of the above-mentioned countries to excel.