Don't know how they researched, but I know in high school unless you take 'long maths' there is very little chance of getting to anything resembling engineering. Then again with bad maths you can get to study business... AND IT SHOWS (when I was in the hotel school there were people straight out of school who couldn't do percentages nor statistics, and I thought *I* was bad in maths... )
Cheers, Hank W. sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin.
Thanks for all.
But I think that I want a time table for the secondary students.
How loag for a lesson?
How many lesson each day?
How many time they spend on the homeworks?
For example:My typical school day.I get up at 6:30am and have my breakfast.I go to school at 7:00am.My first lesson start at 8:15 and each lesson are 35 min long.After two lessosns, we have 10min break.Our lunch time is 12:10 to 1:10.After lunch we have three more lessons.So the last lesson will finish at 3:20.But we often have an extra lesson.After school,I spend 2 to 3 hours on my homeworks.When I finish my homework,I will watch TV or play TV-games and go to bed at 11:00.
I am actually interested with specific in your school system. How long is the academic day for secondary studentsin apublic school. I know that private schools have different expectations and so forth... I hope you could help me. Can you post your schedule???
http://www.ksyk.fi/ksyk_www/index.php?item=&language=en It is a normal Finnish state school that uses the Finnish core curriculum and it is free. School lunch is also free. We do not have to buy any books or any supplies, everything is provided. The school has a bilingual stream which teaches in Finnish and English, a Finnish stream (lessons only in Finnish) and an international stream where most of the lessons are taught in English.
Look under calendar for info about timetables.
In Finland secondary school has a floating timetable which depends on the electives you take. The calendar for the year is split into 6 periods (jakso) ofeach lasting 6-7 weeks so the timetable changes at the beginning of each new jakso. A typical school day can start at 8am or 9am or 10am and finish at anything from 1pm to 4pm. Each lesson is 45 minutes
For example my 9th grader's timetable looks like this at the moment:
Monday: 9 am start OPO (guidance), Biology (x2), Finnish, French, Maths
Tuesday: 8 am start Psychology (x2), Geography (x2), homeroom, PE (x2), maths
Wednesday: 8 am start English (x2) Finnish, English (x2), Maths
THursday: 10 am start French (x2), Finnish, maths
Friday: 10 am start Physics (x2), biology, Finnish, English (x2)
and my 8th grader's timetable looks like this:
Mon: 8am start Music (x2), PE (x2), geography, maths, French (x2)
Tues: 10 am start Swedish (x2), homeroom, Finnish (x2), maths
Wed: 10 am start Geography (x2) Physics (x2), ethics (x2)
Thurs: 8 am start Music (x2), biology, health ed (x2), maths, history, OPO
Friday: 10 am start English (x2), History, Swedish
Hope this helps.
PS: There are only a few private schools in Finland (the International School of Helsinki, l'Ecole Jules Verne, the German School and the Russian School). All the other school are state-controlled and teach the same National Core Curriculum
I am not aware of any major discipline issues in schools, other than the usual for those age groups. One of my kids had a detention (stayed behind 30 mins after school) a couple of weeks ago for spilling orange juice in his Swedish lesson. He was not supposed to take food/drink into the classroom. There has been some discussion in the newspapers recently about bullying. I don't this is anything like the scale of the UK (don't know about USA) but if I remember correctly the main issue was that the teachers were not trained in how to deal with it.
In Finland it is extremely difficult for a school to expel a child, but a school can issue a written warning and even suspension is a possibility (for up to 3 months).
I am a member of a school board in Espoo. It is very unusual for any disciplinary procedures to be discussed in our meetings.
I am sure there are discipline problems - like in any secondary school - but I am not aware of anything that would be worth a special mention.