Education Around The World

When I was a wee little lass going to school, I always wondered when I was going to learn about fun and interesting things. We only ever touched on mildly interesting things, then there were the basics of math, writing, science. I always thought Canada excellent educational system. But education isn’t always about books in the class room, or what is cirrocumuli is laid out.

I enjoyed school but I felt under prepared for … life.

I stubbled across this interesting world school facts.

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Canada ranks seventh in the world.

Here are some facts that I found interesting about school systems around the world!

South Korea (#1) – The average student works up to 13 hours per day in South Korea. This is because the culture believes that if you work hard, you can achieve anything, so there is really no excuse for failure. South Korea has very big class sizes compared to North America. This allows for the teacher to teach the class as community and for students to develop relationships among their peers.

Japan (#2) – …schools don’t have janitors. Instead, its up to the kids to clean their own school every day. This is thought to teach them respect.

Finland (#5) – In Finland, kids don’t start school until they are 7 years old. Finnish kids get 75 minutes of recess every day, which is a lot compared to the average of 27 minutes in the US. Finland has short school days usually starting at 8 or 9 in the morning and ending between 1 and 2 in the afternoon. This is because Finnish culture believes important learning experiences occur outside the classroom.

Ireland (#9) – Education in Ireland is compulsory from ages 6 to 16 or until students complete three years of second level education.

Germany (#12) – …kids only get 6 weeks of summer vacation.

Russia (#13) – school is only mandatory until grade 10. Eleventh and twelfth grade are optional.

New Zealand (#16) – New Zealand’s school terms are divided into four semesters with 2 week breaks in between.

Italy (#25) – Kids in Italy go to school from Monday to Saturday.

Brazil (#38) – In Brazil, school starts at 7AM and runs until noon. Kids then go home to enjoy lunch with their families, which is considered the most important meal of the day.

You can read more of these ‘Facts about schools around the world’ here

I love learning about new things, and I loved going to school. Reports, research, the knowledge. If I could get paid to go to school, I think I would do it. I personally enjoy reading about history! As of late I’ve been really into the Henry the VIII era. Interesting man…

What was/is your favoriate subject in school?

xoxo Ashley


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