- Only 10% of 7,000 teacher applicants to primary school applicants to primary school programs are accepted in Finland
- Finland tops international tests rankings, but doesn't use standardized tests domestically
- "It is a patriotic, national calling to be a teacher," said one Finnish teacher
- "In Finland, it is a tremendous honor to be a teacher, and teachers are afforded a status comparable to what doctors, lawyers and other highly regarded professionals enjoy in the U.S.,' said one teacher.
- In addition, like other professions, teachers gain seniority and tenure primarily on the basis of teaching and experience, and teacher unions have a strong voice in shaping education policy--all very controversial in the United States.
Finland's 'most honorable profession': Teacher is an article at CNN. I encourage you to read it and come back and share your thoughts. Also, if there are any teachers from West Virginia I encourage you to leave your comments on your take, good or bad. Please read the article and share your thoughts. If you have a post that ties in, please leave a link in the comments.