Finland’s Phenomenon-Based Learning

Finland’s new, weird school ‘courses’ say a lot about how we teach our kids. There is no such job as ‘math’. There are mathematicians, sure, or engineers, but even math-heavy jobs still need strong foundations in grammar, technology, and history if they want to be successful. So it’s a little weird that many schools divide these subjects so heavily, like they are ingredients in a soup. In Finland, they’re trying a different approach. Rather than teach subjects as dry, separate ingredients, from now on, it’s all cooking together.


Many education systems are looking for the holy grail in improving their education system. Is this a step in the right direction? Is this approach too experimental as opposed to tried and tested approaches? Can this approach be followed successfully in our education system? Or does this phenomenon-based approach need to be tailored to our landscape?


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