Finland is scrapping traditional “teaching by subject” in favour of “teaching by topic” – a reform The Independent has called “one of the most radical education reform programmes ever undertaken by a nation state”.
For instance, rather than studying history, economics and foreign languages in separate classes, students might draw on all three ‘disciplines’ to explore a topic – such as the European Union.
“What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life,” Pasi Silander, Helsinki’s city manager told The Independent. “We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”
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