An article written by Dough Saunders were he tells the story of the struggles faced by a young girl named Lara Osman born to a low-income immigrant family. 12-year-old Lara is originally from eastern Helsinki, her father a taxi and a stay at home mother. Lara herself expresses her struggles at school when other students bully her for being poor. ” There are some kids who will treat you badly because you’re not like them. You just ignore them if they talk badly to you.”
But when Lara steps into her new school her life changed. Meri-Rastila Primary School is a place resembles urban Canadian primary schools where students all have equal opportunity as the other students. There are remedial classes. There is a large number of the non-academic activities that are put to fill a school, this is for the benefit of the children so they are able to create more social and behavior interact with each other instead of competing.
The focus of Finland’s educational system is to give students such as Lara equal opportunity no matter their social status. “That obsession has produced results: The odds of someone like her, born below the poverty line, becoming a middle-class adult are better in Finland than in almost any other country. More important, those odds are measurably better than they were 20 years ago. And it’s almost all because of the way the Finns changed their schools. “Tags: Judge Memorial Catholic High School