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Finnish education system


There are loads of stories and videos about how progressive education is in Finland.

Is it true that they've done away with the idea of desks and formal teaching, no homework, lots of play learning, calling teachers by name, short school days, etc.

Tell me about the school system from a resident's point of view.
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Since my short contacts to my cousins' kids have been pretty much limited to gaming, I have very little idea what's really going on at schools these days.

(In fact in couple weeks it'll be exactly twenty years since I graduated.)


I'm under impression that tablets are being used from very early age by now.

I don't think school days have been shortened, nor do I expect homework to have disappeared. I used to think we had much homework, but it was so that we got little from every subject; we didn't have to do essays or any big projects as homework.
I wouldn't expect that to have changed much.


In Finland/Finnish, it's not common to call anyone anything. By custom and grammar, adding a name or title doesn't come naturally.
So if there was absolute necessity to get their attention, in my days we'd most often call for "teach", or grammatically "teacher" in case of old and/or disliked ones.
Later in high school (and couple years before) we might call teachers by last name, but at the time we mostly called each other by last name, that was the custom (of my generation? don't know). Using first name (among teens) would've been awkwardly too friendly, it was cooler to call everyone by last name.

But in general, after first few grades we would talk to teachers same as to any other familiar adult.

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OK thanks.
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