(Photo: the Guardian / Pertti Nisonen)

A Guardian article, published November 21, discussed how well immigrants assimilate into Finnish culture because of its education system. According to the article, just 5 percent of Finland’s population is foreign born, but it’s diversifying faster than other European nations. The Finnish education system is already admired around the world for its high standards. Those standards also exist for helping immigrant children reach the same level in language as their Finnish peers. Tough requirements for teachers and government funding are responsible for the excellent education system. Schools receive money for being in a poor area, having special need children or having students who have lived in the country for less than four years.

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I always find it interesting to read about how Europe, which unlike America doesn’t have a long history of immigration, is dealing with an increase in immigrants. Since the article was in a British newspaper, the writer discussed how the Finnish education system compared to the English one when it comes to educating immigrant children. The article did a good job of discussing the merits of the Finish system, yet pointing out that with more immigrants, England has a different approach to educating student immigrants. After reading this article, I would like to know more about how the U.S. education system handles immigrants.

-Cristabelle Tumola

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