To analyze top eight educational systems in the world, we went through several resources such as WEF’s scores and literature including the book The Learning Revolution.
Let us start with the score that WEF found to be viable in assessing the readiness of the entire countries for educating the next generation at the highest level. The text is adapted from Independent’s article on the best educational systems in the world.
- Estonia: 5.7
According to 2015 statistics Estonia invests on education 4% of its GDP. This strategic decision is in alignment with the country’s 1992 Education Act, which indicates that the goals of education are “to create favourable conditions for the development of personality, family and the Estonian nation; to promote the development of ethnic minorities, economic, political and cultural life in Estonia and the preservation of nature in the global economic and cultural context; to teach the values of citizenship; and to set up the prerequisites for creating a tradition of lifelong learning nation-wide.”
The striking results that Estonian education system achieves are in alignment with globally relevant work in e-governance that increases the competitiveness for both entrepreneurs and big companies.
The noblest work in education is to make a reasoning man, and we expect to train a young child by making him reason! This is beginning at the end; this is making an instrument of a result. If children understood how to reason they would not need to be educated.
=6. Qatar: 5.8
Not too long ago in 2012 BBC stated that Qatar was “becoming one of the most significant players in the field of education innovation, supporting a raft of projects from grassroots basic literacy through to high-end university research.”
This country, rich in oil and obtaining competitive edge by education, has a strategy on a national level to improve education standards and teach citizens for jobs in 2030 thanks to Vision 2030 programme.
Qatar is a country with high percentage of expat experts so their decision was to offer free government-funded education only to its citizens, whereas most foreign nationals tend to send their children to private schools.
The hardest conviction to get into the mind of a beginner is that the education upon which he is engaged is not a college course, not a medical course, but a life course, for which the work of a few years under teachers is but a preparation.
Sir William Osler
=6. Ireland: 5.8
Despite hosting head-quarters of many Fortune 50 ICT companies in Dublin and doing significant work in the field of education, recession hit hard Ireland’s education.
A recent report indicated that Ireland spent on education 15% less than the developed world during the height of the financial crisis, 2008 to 2013, which indicates important changes for the future.
When it comes to the secondary schools in Ireland, most of them are owned and managed privately, but the state funds them. Apart from that, state comprehensives and vocational schools exist.
I’m always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
Sir Winston Churchill
- Netherlands: 5.9
Netherlands is famous for its open attitude to learning, as schools typically don’t give much homework until secondary level and students indicate low levels of stress and pressure. Thus, 2013 Unicef study officially confirmed that Dutch children are the happiest in the world, leading the way of globally educational well-being among others. Schools are divided between “neutral” state schools and faith schools, with a tiny fraction of private schools.
The freedom to make mistakes provides the best environment for creativity. Education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.
4. Singapore: 6.1
Singapore scores incredibly highly in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests, which measure and compare the performance of students in different countries. Still, it is very unfavourable for Singapore students, that since very young age their school system puts them under pressure.
Children want to learn to the degree that they are unable to distinguish learning from fun. They keep this attitude until we adults convince them that learning is not fun.
=2. Belgium: 6.2
Belgium has four types of secondary schools: general secondary schools, technical secondary schools, art secondary education institutions and vocational secondary education schools. According to the Fulbright Commission in the US, which organizes student exchanges with Belgium and Luxembourg, “Education enjoys high priority, and the largest share of the regional governments’ annual budget in Belgium. The complete systems of public and private schools are available to all children between the ages of 4 and 18, at little or no cost.”
Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.
=2. Switzerland: 6.2
Surprisingly enough, just 5% of children attend private schools in Switzerland. Depending on the region, the lessons are taught in different languages and German, Italian or French are the most common languages of instruction. From secondary schools students are separated by ability.
An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. It’s knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it’s knowing how to use the information you get.
- Finland: 6.7
Finland is on the top rankings of global education systems and is famous for leveling the differences in abilities since all pupils are taught in the same classes. Consequently, the gap between the weakest and the strongest pupils is the smallest in the world. Finnish schools heavily rely on intrinsic motivation of students and they give relatively little homework, while there is only one mandatory test at age 16.
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
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