Extending compulsory education is a historic reform only if support, guidance and mental health assistance are really provided as much as is needed.
Hundred years ago, about half of Finnish children did not go to school. In a country recovering from the Civil War, compulsory education was decided in 1921. It took decades before it materialized.
Fifty years ago, the children’s learning path split in two early. The least often were those whose parents had little education. In 1972, primary school expanded throughout the country and compulsory education became nine years old.
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