Globalization Parent Guide

Aino Education espouses a blend of American and Finnish educational principles. The Finnish influence is  derived from Aino's founder's time in Finland and Finnish familial ties. Whether by design or by chance, Aino follows these Finnish educational principles:

Creative Learning

[application of knowledge in new and innovative ways that demonstrate mastery]

Customized Learning

[clear and flexible curriculum that facilitates individualized pursuit of knowledge]

“Slow” Learning (like “slow” food)

[deeper investigation of fewer topics rather than superficial investigation of more topics]

Professional Instruction

[teachers with the robust training and skills that inspire trust]

Ministry of Education and Culture

The Finnish Education System and Pisa

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International Ranking

Finland is #1 in reading, #1 in math, and #1 in science.
The United States is #15 in reading, #24 in math, and #21 in science.

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Student Learning

From national averages of 15-year-old students learning outcomes in mathematics 2000–2006.

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February 29, 2008  |  The Wall Street Journal

What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?

Finland's teens score extraordinarily high on an international test. American educators are trying to figure out why.


Helsinki, Finland

High-school students here rarely get more than a half-hour of homework a night. They have no school uniforms, no honor societies, no valedictorians, no tardy bells and no classes for the gifted. There is little standardized testing, few parents agonzize over college and kids don't start school until age 7.

Yet by one international measure, Finnish teenages 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 die 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.

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Who will tell the people? China and India have been catching up to America not only via cheap labor and currencies. They are catching us because they now have free markets like we do, education like we do, access to capital and technology like we do, but, most importantly, values like our Greatest Generation had. That is, a willingness to postpone gratification, invest for the future, work harder athan the next guy and hold their kids to the highest expectations.

In a flat world where everyone has access to everything, values matter more than ever. Right now, the Hindus and Confucians have more Potestant ethics than we do, and as long as that is the case, we'll be No. 11!

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20-20 investigation by John Stossel entitled "Stupid in America" highlighting some of the flaws with the education system in the United States. The story started out when identical tests were given to high school students in New Jersey and in Belgium. The Belgian kids cleaned the American kids' clocks. The Belgian kids called the American students "stupid", which gave the piece its name.