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Finnish Schools' Approach Successful Despite Lack of Technology

Finnish Schools Old School Approach in Classroom Proves Successful

Finnish classrooms' low-tech approach to education is not getting in the way of student achievement. 

According to, rather than using iPads and laptops, Finnish students take notes with paper and pencil and compute mathematic equations on regular plastic calculators, yet remain among some of the highest-achieving students in the world. All the while, U.S. reformers say technology is critical to improving schools, and they have shifted about $2 billion dollars in order to expand schools' acess to broadband and devices that rely on it. 

"Education isn't a competition," said Kristiina Volmari, counselor of education and head of statistics and international affairs at the Finnish National Board of Education. "This is a quality assurance mechanism, and it's quality assurance for ourselves."

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Article by Navindra Persaud, EducationWorld Contributor

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