Three Key Points that make a Nonsense of the Left’s Infatuation with Finnish Education

1. Finland is regarded as being “racially homogeneous

New Zealand is diverse. The unions are incredibly keen on a one size fits all model in NZ and are prepared to sell Maori, PI, and lower socio-economic children down the drain to maintain their power base. Maori educational statistics show that it is not working for them.

A homogeneous education system – as advocated by the unions (for “fairness”) cannot work in a diverse society.

2. In Finland all teachers must have a Masters Degree.

So we put all improvements and innovation on hold in NZ until that is true? Are all teachers without Masters Degrees prepared to stand down? Are prospective teachers prepared to spend 1 – 2 more years studying (and accumulating debt) to do this? It will end up a small teacher sector and huge classes. Are PPTA prepared for that?

3. Formal education doesn’t start until 7 years of age in Finland.

So the NZEI are prepared to tell all Year 1 & 2 teachers they no longer have a job? And as a society are we prepared to make all of the social and economic changes to keep children largely at home until 7 or massively expand preschool education? In NZ for children in under-resourced homes that will simply condemn them to further failure and recycle their place in society.

Educationally comparing NZ to Finland is about as relevant as comparing a market garden with a grass paddock.


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