The leftwing’s eagerness to clutch at straws in opposing ANY reforms in education in New Zealand they are pointing to the curious case of Finland. They highlight that there are no national standards, no testing and the system is supposedly all about equality and as a result Finland performs very well against the rest of the world.
However they miss a very important point about Finland:
As for accountability of teachers and administrators, Sahlberg shrugs. “There’s no word for accountability in Finnish,” he later told an audience at the Teachers College of Columbia University. “Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted.”
For Sahlberg what matters is that in Finland all teachers and administrators are given prestige, decent pay, and a lot of responsibility. A master’s degree is required to enter the profession, and teacher training programs are among the most selective professional schools in the country. If a teacher is bad, it is the principal’s responsibility to notice and deal with it.
I’d love to see John Pagani, the teachers unions and Labour tell all the existing teachers they need to do more work on their qualifications to keep their jobs. That’ll see at least seven eighths of existing lose their jobs, which could be a good thing.
They also miss the point that Finland has a clear ‘no wogs’ policy on immigration, only Swedes and Laps want to live there and if you want to emigrate to Finland you not only have to learn one of the hardest languages in the world and put up with the generally surly and uncommunicative population thus ensuring immigration is minimal.