Who does not believe that this is influencing our future heavily? As a student I am often confronted this topic. Neighbouring countries with the same language have different systems, different grades are given, heck, even how long school does take is different. Recent studies like the TIMMS for Primary Schools lead to discussions like to this one.

How is it possible, that one county has "better" students than another? Does that depend on the education system? What can improve education?

So many questions. I hope to see many opinions Emotion: smile
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I would like to say it's no doubt the USA has the best Education System (for Knowledge). Just look at how many great universities it has.
Yet Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin apparently thought that Africa was a country rather than a continent.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveYet Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin apparently thought that Africa was a country rather than a continent.

Hi Clive

This was reported in the Finnish media as well. However, a few days later they said it all had been a misunderstanding or something - I don't remember the details - and that Sarah Palin had never actually thought Africa was a country.

I do remember, though, the days of mirth when Ronald Reagan thought Bogota was a country!Emotion: big smile

i think its a very hard question.
there are many developed countries.
there are many kind of education systems.
there are many majorites at universites.
so to discuss which education system is the best is a foolish thing to debate.
the question is: how can we provide all people equal education possibilities?

Finland, the land of Confucius

When Taiwanese freelance writer Yolanda Chen told her friends she was moving to Finland with her diplomat husband, most of her acquantances knew nothing about Finland. Chen's father-in-law remembered that musical education was of first-class quality in Finland. Yolanda Chen had written a lot about education, in which she took an interest on account of her two daughters. "But I have to admit that I couldn't have imagined a Finnish school," Chen says.

Now Chen has lived six years in Finland. The Finnish school was a positive culture shock for her. As a consequence of that, she had a book entitled Cherish Every Child published in Taiwan last July. The book is written in Mandarin Chinese. It was a big success in Taiwan and may become required reading at some Taiwanese universities.

"Finland has been top of the PISA (= Programme for International Student Achievement) appraisals for so long that many people are interested in your educational system," Chen explains. According to Chen, mathematical school subjects are emphasized in Asian schools to the detriment of other subjects. "Moreover, we spend an enormous lot of time to achieve our results, which are partly due to extra lessons in the evenings paid for by the parents." She says Taiwan was No. 1 in the last PISA appraisal, but Finland was second. "And you need much less time devoted to maths teaching to achieve that position."

"I used to think that it's the intellectually talented children that count, which is how schools work in Taiwan." Chen thinks her book was a success because it proves that there is a country somewhere in the north where every child is precious. "In Taiwan we have the same rigid timetable for all children while in Finland much depends on what subjects the child is taking, and the child is also to some extent responsible for his schedule. Children are treated as responsible individuals; they themselves know why they are doing something and when they are doing it."

Chen thinks this makes children take an interest in school. Chen spent a week in Lapland (= northernmost Finland) for her book. "The resources the schools have are the same throughout the country. The geographical location of the school makes no difference." She says this is an inconceivable idea in Taiwan. A friend of Chen's had burst into tears while reading the book. "I cried many times myself when I wrote the book," she says.

"There are wise adages that Confucius supposedly said thousands of years ago in our society. According to them, everybody has a place and we shouldn't condemn others and all children should be taught regardless of their background. I just couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams that there actually is a place where Confucius's tenets have been embraced."

Helsingin Sanomat, 28 December 2008

My comment: A small country can't afford to educate only the smart and wealthy. It must provide education free of charge for everybody.

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i think the best education system is when we apply what we have learned in our real life we only memories every thing and that make it boaring and we wouldnt be pationant about learning and education
alot of kids ask what we ganna need math for but if they took the to the food store 4 examble and let them add and subtract
they will learn
Without a doubt the best educational system for children was established in the former Soviet Union. The quality of knowledge was exceptionally high. Unfortunately we can't say so about modern Russia due to the changes that had been made according to the European and American Scholars that could influence the country's education during perestroika.

But we must admit that when a person is eager to get knoweledge he'll get it. If not... no educational system can do it. (Bush and Sarah P. are the examples of the so-called best one)
I think a big problem in the US is that there are such high tuition fees so its often very hard for poor people to send their children to universities unless they get any finincial support.
Certainly there are great universities in the US but are they really accessible to all smart and young Americans?
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