Finland and American School Comparisons


Taylor Elkins, a Global Education Master’s student at Oulu University, talks about the differences between teacher education programs in Finland and America. Her experience has led her to believe the essential difference can be found in Finland’s focus on the use of current research in the teacher education curriculum.

About Teach Like Finland

South Carolina ETV partnered with the Riley Institute to delve deeper into an issue critical to South Carolina (and the nation), teacher shortage, SCETV and the Riley Institute visited Finland to explore a country that's having immense success in retaining teachers and student academic achievement to look into possible solutions for South Carolina. Twenty-three South Carolina education stakeholders visited Finland’s public schools October 14-21, 2018 to gain insight into critical challenges in public education in South Carolina.

To see more about the full trip, watch Carolina Classrooms' Teach Like Finland episode or visit