US vs. Finland… Again

Tim Stahmer, Assorted Stuff, Sept 01, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"if we’re going to play that game," says Tim Stahmer of this magazine article, "what are some factors that make Finland’s schools 'better'? ... if you really want to compare Finland and the US when it comes to the education of our children, for me the main take-away from this article is not about curriculum or testing or school competition or how teachers are paid or any of the other crap that forms the core of discussions about improving our education system. No, it’s that Finland has a society and government that genuinely cares about and supports the well-being of all kids and their families." I continue to believe that most 'school reform' efforts are smokescreens intended to prevent genuine efforts toward something like social equity.
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