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Finns And Education
Ann Althouse links to a story about Finnish education:
"Besides Finnish, math and science, the first graders take music, art, sports, religion and textile handcrafts. English begins in third grade, Swedish in fourth. By fifth grade the children have added biology, geography, history, physics and chemistry."
Which leads to a lively discussion among her commenters, one of who says
"So Finns in Finland are well educated. I bet that Finns raised in the US are also well educated."
This experimient has actually been tried in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which is heavily Finnish. I've written previously that
In fact there are a couple of high schools in America that have Finnish students. They do fairly well because they have fairly bright students. Houghton High School, in Michigan’s Finnish Upper Peninsula gets ten out of ten at GreatSchools.net. Here’s a snapshot of its student body: Students
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2007-2008 Ethnicity This School State Average White 95% 71% Asian 3% 2% Hispanic 1% 5% American Indian <1% <1% African American <1% 20%