Teachers, Leaders And The United States

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In the article “Teachers as Leaders in Finland,” by Pasi Sahlberg, it is clearly explained the major differences in the education system of not only Finland and the United States. In the article it is explained how in Finland there are many differences that students in the United States and would appreciate. In Finland there are also no standardized tests; the teachers are responsible for determining how well the students are doing themselves. After reading the article about the comparison of education system, one can easily tell some of Sahlberg’s main points. One of them being that the education system in Finland is very different from the one currently used in the United States; In Finland there is no external testing to determine the progress of students; there the teachers determine their students’ progress themselves as the leaders of their own classrooms and teach their students the actual material instead of how things are in the United States, in which the focus in teaching is how to take standardized tests instead of the material that should be taught in preparation for these tests. Another main point that Sahlberg mentions in the article is how complex the process for becoming a teacher is; Sahlberg compares it to the complexity of becoming an Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer or Architect, in which it is its own department in Finland. Principals in school are not like the ones in the United States either, in Finland principals are more than just administrators, they must be qualified to teach in the school that they lead. The article states "First, a rigorous graduate degree and at least five years of full-time study serve as a foundation of the teaching profession in Finland. Teachers are highly respected as professionals be... ... middle of paper ... ...r than being solely focused on administration work. Classes being shorter in Finland can be both good and bad, since if the student can enjoy a specific class it might seem like time is going by faster making shorter classes’ bad for those wanting more; while some classes may make someone feel like they’ve been listening to the teacher forever and can’t handle how boring a class can be especially nowadays with so many people having attention problems. Now teachers in Finland end up being better just by having to have an advanced degree not in the subject they want to teach, but in plain education, while according to the article; in the UK there seems to be a shortage on teachers so retired soldiers have been called upon to take the role, which can lower the quality of what is being taught, just by it being taught by someone who didn’t choose teaching as a profession.

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