Education Olympics — Day 5

On the fifth day of the Education Olympics, the U.S. has yet to win a medal. The mighty Finns continue to dominate.

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  1. Possibly Finnish parents are involved enough in their children’s education without being *too* involved. Or possibly Finland “fully” funds education.

  2. Margo/Mom says:

    The genetic argument overlooks lots of other differences that are more open to impact through policy: initial instruction in “mother-tongue,” with the early introduction of a second national language, systematic attention to instruction, teacher screening before entry into degree programs, control of teacher supply to ensure the availability of teaching positions, substantial budget for educational research and development, ties between school system and other social welfare elements to ensure that non-educational barriers do not interfere with education, elimination of tracking systems about three decades ago, immediate and systematic early intervention for students who have difficulties.

    Maybe they’re genetically superior–pretty hard to make that case though.