The Economist’s Education Global Ranking 2012

Finland and South Korea occupy the top two places of a recent study on Global Education written by The Economist. Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia are the bottom three on this list of education systems in the developed world. The rankings are based on international tests results and data such as graduation rates between the years 2006 and 2010, maths, science and literacy results, teacher quality, financial investment and more. Finland and South Korea have very different approaches to education, but the article covering the report emphasises that both systems are very supportive of  learning. The top two countries are followed by three other Asian countries (Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore) and then the UK in 6th place.

We may not be supportive of some aspects of the Korean education system with its unavoidable, late into the night, after school tutoring lessons, causing sleep deprivation and high stress levels but clearly, placing high moral value on education for the good of society, family and the individual plays a role in the success of these education systems. Now let’s find out about how the Finns do it with shorter school hours and little homework…

 

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