Finns slip

After acing international exams 12 years ago, Finland’s PISA rankings are slipping in reading, math and science. The Finns stopped trying to improve, educator Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons, tells Marc Tucker. “The huge flow of foreigners from all over the world to visit the remarkably successful Finnish schools made the authorities fearful of changing anything.”

In addition, “non-Finnish speaking immigrants are coming to Finland in larger numbers than ever before.”

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  1. The true reason is probably the increasing number of immigrants to Finland whose average IQ’s are probably less than that of the natives.

    • Mark Roulo says:

      “The true reason is probably the increasing number of immigrants to Finland whose average IQ’s are probably less than that of the natives.”

       

      If you trust the Wikipedia article on the demographics of Finland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Finland), the numbers don’t seem to work out to support this hypothesis.
       
      The top four groups (based on “mother language”) are Finns, Swedes, Russians and Estonians. These four account for almost 98% of Finland’s population. The fifth group is Somali speakers, but they make up only 0.24% of the Finnish population (up from 0.12% in 2000). I don’t see how an extra 6,000 Somalis in a population of about 5,000,000 would have a noticeable impact on these tests.

  2. So the secret to Finnish school success was being Finnish? Rats. That’s hard to replicate.

  3. SC Math Teacher says:

    “In addition, “non-Finnish speaking immigrants are coming to Finland in larger numbers than ever before.”
    I wonder if the USA would fare better if worldwide studies such as this corrected for things of this nature. (I assume that this one does not because of the inclusion of this statement.)

  4. To Mark – You’re right.