The teacher unions will have you believe that New Zealand’s education system is perfect and it is all because of them. We do have a good system but it needs to be better.
The Economist has an article about education systems and they conclude that Finland and South Korea have the most effective education systems.
Finland and South Korea boast the most effective education systems, an assessment of 50 countries has found.
When it comes to improving the performance of education systems, cultural attitudes may matter more than levels of spending. The education environments of Finland and South Korea – the two top performers in a new EIU index – have very different characteristics but share a moral imperative within the national culture that greatly values education.
The two also develop high-quality teachers and place enormous value on the accountability of schools, administrators and teachers.
The teacher unions would hate Finland’s model…because every teacher is required to have a masters level degree…the striving for excellence is anathema to the psyche of New Zealand teachers union bosses.