Yet by one international measure, Finnish teenagers are among the smartest in the world. They earned some of the top scores by 15-year-old students who were tested in 57 countries.
American teens finished among the world's C students even as U.S. educators piled on more homework, standards and rules. Finnish youth, like their U.S. counterparts, also waste hours online. They dye their hair, love sarcasm and listen to rap and heavy metal.
But by ninth grade they're way ahead in math, science and reading -- on track to keeping Finns among the world's most productive workers.WSJWeb Link
Here's how 15-year-old students performed in the most recent PISA exams, tests of academic proficiency given in 57 countries. The average score was around 500 for science, math and reading. In each category, a perfect score is 1000.*Web Link
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