It is not a surprise that according to educational rankings by country the best educational systems in the world are mainly countries with high living standards and rights. Though education is highly valued in the most parts of the world, every country has its own educational system and that is why there are always countries better than others.
There is a common belief among people who live and study in the West that our educational system is the best one, though it is not really so. There is an educational group called Pearson that compares things like grades in order to rank different countries and the success of their educational systems. As you can guess, the results of such ranking vary from year to year but still are quite interesting, especially for those who make wrong conclusions about this or that educational system. For example, if you ask an American what country has the best educational system, in the most cases, the answer will be the USA. Still, you will not find the US in the top 10 list, as it has been ranked in 14th position. The truth is that there are many European and Asian countries known for better and more efficient education systems.
There is an organization called Social Progress Imperative that compares countries with the best education systems and undertakes the research on basic education levels in the world. The research includes measuring social progress, including the country’s level of access to basic knowledge. It means such factors as adult literacy rate, primary school enrolment, secondary school enrolment, and women’s mean years in school are measured while conducting research. The comparison of these components allows making conclusions about the best education systems in the world.
According to 2016 research, East Asian countries are the best when it comes to education systems. The first place belongs to South Korea, followed by the Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Though Scandinavian countries are considered to be traditionally strong performers, the research showed that they are losing their position with Finland that has fallen from the 1st to the 5th place and Sweden that has fallen from the 21st to 24th place. Still, the research also showed some improvements in such countries as Israel, Russia, and Poland. Such developing country as Indonesia closes the ranking with the 40th position and is preceded by Mexico and Brazil.
Top 10 Education Systems 2016
The fact that South Korea heads the list is not a surprise as children here can study for 7 days per week. It means that they spend most of their time at school and that is probably why they are best at literacy rate that shows 97,9%. Males are making 99, 2% and females – 96.6%. And when it comes to the national education budget, South Korea spends about $11,300,000,000 per year! The GDP level in the Republic was about $34,795 by 2012.
It is worth to mention that another Asian country, Japan, was close to getting the 1st place as well. Still, South Koreans defeated Japanese students in 3 levels.
Japan, a country with high living standards and GDP nearly 5.96 trillion USD took the 2nd place in the rating. The educational structure in this country is technology-based and that is why students from Japan are considered to be great performers and show great figures in the knowledge and insight.
Singapore, a small country with a GDP level $64,584 per capita, is the third strong and highly ranked educational system in the world.
The Hong Kong’s educational system is quite similar to the British one. Still, Hong Kong is ranked 4th, while the UK takes the 6th position, meaning that Asians do it better again. The educational budget in this country is $39, 420 per capita; the literacy rate is 94.6%. We do believe that these two indexes are correlated.
Though many people still consider Finland as the top performer when it comes to the education system, the truth is that the old champion of 2012 is losing ground to its Asian rivals. The main problem with the education system in Finland is premature child admission. Still, the county is known as the best place to study in Europe with the annual education budget of €11.1 billion. When it comes to GDP in Finland, it is not less than $36,395 per capita.
In the UK, the system of education is controlled by individual governments: the Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and English. It means that each government administers the matters related to education on their own. Though it is the UK that is ranked by the Person as the 2nd best country to get an education in Europe, it is worth to mention that Scottish system is slightly better than it is in England when it comes to comparative competitiveness. When it comes to GDP per capita, it is close to $39,000, the 21st highest in the world.
Canada is a bilingual country, so English and French here are considered to be the primary levels for interacting with bookish knowledge. The literacy rate in the country is 99% and students show great results when it comes to attainment ratio. What is more, Canada is a country that provides its students with world recognized certificates and graduates of Canadian colleges and universities have the highest ratio in the world. The only problem with the Canadian education system is the lack of investment in childhood education. Still, today the country invest about 5.4% of its GDP that is $44,656 per capita, in the sector of education.
Though Netherlands is considered to be the 3rd best European country to get an education, low investments, weak planning and management in high schools did not let the country to head the list. The GDP per capita in Canada is $42,586.
Education in Ireland is free at any level: primary, secondary and higher education. It is interesting to know that only students from the European Union are to be charged for fees and funds.
The literacy rate in Ireland is high – 99% for each male and female. Also, it is worth to mention that Irish government spends about $9000 billion on the education annually.
The country with a GDP $21,118 per capita is ranked by the Pearson and Economist as the 4th best education system in Europe and the 10th in the world. The thing is that Polish Ministry of Education heads the businesses in the country. That is probably why Poland is known as a country with well-established primary and secondary education systems.
The Key to Successful Education System
With the help of the research conducted by the Pearson, best and worst educational systems in the world were compared to find out the strongest and the weakest factors that determine the success of education system in the world. The main conclusion that comes from the research is that, surprisingly, the amount of money spent by governments on education is not so important. The key to the successful and efficient education system is the cultural factor. It means that countries with the best education systems are those where education is considered to be one of the most important parts of the life. To make it clear, the best results came from those countries where teachers, students, and their parents care most about the results and are prized by the society if they are successful.
Here are the main two factors that determine successful education system:
- Teachers are respected by the society, have a high social status even in case teaching is not the best career choice in the country.
- Education is prized by the society making children motivated to do their best while studying.
If you apply these factors to the first positions in the rating of education systems you will see that Asia is a perfect place to get an education. Still, there are some European countries that show great results without too intense pressure on students, no homework for young children, no exams until 13 and lots of breaks during a school day. One of the best examples is Finland, the best country in Europe to get an education according to the Pearson research.