Some features of Finnish education and culture (Gamerman 2008):
– Parents of newborns receive government-paid packs of child-development materials that include books. Some libraries are attached to shopping malls. Book buses travel to remote towns so that everyone has access to books.
– Children do not start school until age seven.
– Finish students rarely do more than a half-hour of homework a night.
– There are no classes for the gifted. Much more emphasis is paid to those students who are behind grade level in reading.
– Finnish teachers have more freedom to design lessons to meet the needs of their students. One principal says, “In most countries, education feels like a car factory. In Finland, the teachers are entrepreneurs”.
Source: Readicide: How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it by Kelly Gallagher.