US schools have made some improvements in line with some of these Finnish changes since I graduated in 2007. Back then, 2-3 hours of homework per night was common, but my sister, who is 15 years younger than me, is in middle school now, and I hear she only has about 20-30 minutes of homeworks tops, and some nights she has none. Standardized testing still exists in my State, Virginia, though there is a rapidly growing movement to get rid of standardized testing, since it encourages kids to cram, which is bad for long term retention of the material.
Sadly, while some improvements have been made, steps backward have also been taken. The school year is longer than ever, my sister gets just 9 weeks off from school in the summer now I hear, 2 weeks shorter than the summer break when I was in school. The school day is also longer, it starts at 7:30 AM now, compared to 8:15 AM when I was in school. The student to teacher ratio is worse than ever, and teachers are still greatly underpaid. The US education system could use a major revamp for sure.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 18 February 2019