This article has been getting a lot of comment in various forums. If you have not read it already, it’s well worth your time. For the last two decades now, the English educational system has been slavishly remodelled along American lines – despite the manifest failure of that country’s school system.
Meanwhile the Finns, following an overtly Socialist agenda, find themselves topping the coveted PISA rankings as an accidental byproduct of their drive for educational equality.
What frustrates me is that 20 years ago we were perfectly positioned to go exactly the same way as Finland:
- Trust teachers to teach
- Pay teachers what they are worth
- Don’t interfere
But we didn’t and the rest is history. Or rather not history, because the present government is actually extending the destructive policies of its predecessors.