Thursday, 26 April 2012
Education reform, Finland, and the USA
If you're interested in education or education reform (particularly in the USA), this article, "What the U.S. can't learn from Finland about ed reform", is well worth reading. It's full of interesting facts and points out some of the fundamental weaknesses (in my opinion) in the US system of education. It's my opinion that if the USA wants to remain relevant in coming years, there has to be a radical shift in ideology, from "education [being] mostly viewed as a private effort leading to individual good" to "education [being] viewed primarily as a public effort serving a public purpose". It's my belief that can be done without losing any of the spirit of competition and individuality that makes the USA dynamic. Whether it will be done looks unlikely however, especially in the current political climate, which is more reminiscent of children squabbling over toys in a sandbox than serious debate about how best to move the country forward.