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All education systems differ and some are more effective than others In some circumstances education systems are at the top because the country has a prosperous economy Finland a first world country is ranked as the number one education system in the world Cuba is not nearly as wealthy as Finland yet its education system is ranked as the best in Latin America When comparing these two countries funding for education is obviously not what is necessary for an education system to succeed While Finland and Cuba differ economically both of their school systems thrive due to unique characteristics of schools teacher training and quality allowing teachers freedom and other rights and emphasis on theory pedagogy and teamworkSchools in Finland and Cuba have unique characteristics that prepare their students for the future and allow them to thrive In Finland students do not start school until age seven Schools are somewhat small with only fifteen to twenty students in a class Sorting students by ability groups and charging school fees is illegal No exams are taken until the student is eighteen years old There is no private tuition industry and no school uniforms Wilby 1 The teachers teach students how to learn not how to take a test Virtually no competition between students or schools is apparent To make this possible there is no standardized testing or class ranking Along with that all students get roughly the same education It does not matter what the student or familys socioeconomic status is or whether the students family lives in a rural or urban area Every student gets a good education In the classroom there is a relaxed atmosphere In fact it is so relaxed that students address the teachers by his or her first name Sahlberg 2 There is a lighter load in the classroom for both teachers and students After each forty-five minute lesson there is typically a fifteen minute recess This way students spend more
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