Aldnoah Zero & The (Adapted) Finnish Education System

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If you are an anime mecha fan, you would have heard of Aldnoah Zero. It ran for only two seasons and in my opinion, it is one of the best mecha animes out there. Even better than Gundam, in my opinion. In many ways, I find that this is somewhat similar to how countries around the world try to adapt the Finnish education system.

If you are not an educator, here’s a bit of a background. Some time back, many education leaders sought to find out how Finland’s education system could remain one of the best in the world. Many academicians and administrators were sent to Finland to find out the reasons behind it. The reasons ranged from very qualified teachers, fewer school hours and trust in teachers.

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However, some of these ideas were either too difficult or too costly to be applied. As such, some of these systems adapted the Finnish education system to suit their context. Thus, today, I will be exploring some of these consequences by drawing comparisons between Aldnoah zero and the Finnish education system.

Adhering to Traditional norms

In Aldnoah Zero, you will find that the main antagonists, the orbital knights are rather overpowered. What puzzles me however is how they all seem rather overconfident to the extent that they would refuse to work together. Apparently, it is something to do with their norm or tradition. Their ways resembling the feudal system of China.

While they can afford to do this due to their technological advantage, they would have conquered earth much faster if they were to work together. The traditional norms that we adhere to can sometimes be detrimental. Take homework and long classroom hours, for example, logically, the more homework you have the more likely you will be able to learn faster.

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However, this is not the case with the Finnish education system where they have almost no homework. Furthermore, they also spend fewer hours in school. Here, we see the concept less is more come into play. This is associated with allowing the child space to grow and have a more balanced lifestyle. That being said, it may not sit well with administrators who often equate the number of classroom hours to its effectiveness.

As such, we may not see this being practiced well by administrators who try to emulate the Finnish education system. This at times boils down to trust.

Trust Does Not Come Easy

In my opinion, some administrators find it difficult trusting their teachers. Thus, it may be hard to give the teachers more autonomy, let alone cut down on classroom time.

This is similar to the problem that the orbital knights have in Aldnoah Zero. Since none of them trust each other, it becomes impossible for them to work together. That is until someone comes along to unite them all.

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Trust I feel is a benefit that many of the education managers give their teachers in Finland. This allows their teachers to have full autonomy to manage the class in any way they see fit. After all, the teachers on the ground know what’s best for the students under their charge.


I hope you have found the comparison informative. At the end of the day, I think the Finnish education system is taking a radical and different path. Such different way of doing things may incur some doubt before it becomes a norm. Hopefully, more administrators realize this and persist before they get defeated (in a way) in Aldnoah Zero.

If you like the topics of the post, do check out the Finnish education system or Aldnoah Zero.