Posted May 10, 2010on:
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The Wall Street Journal asked: What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart? This was because they came out tops in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ahead of participating countries. This was despite how Finnish kids had very little homework, no uniforms, no gifted programmes and little standardized testing.
It sounds like that BBC video all over again, but this article was written about two years before.
I was struck by one line in the WSJ article:
In most countries, education feels like a car factory. In Finland, the teachers are the entrepreneurs.
That is a profound statement. How many teachers consider themselves edupreneurs?
How many teachers have the legal and moral authority to determine the materials their students read, watch, listen to or produce? How many take the initiative to design “curricula” based on broad but common goals? How many see change as the only constant and take calculated risks for the benefit of their charges?
I’d like to see NIE make that claim (we produce edupreneurs!) and MOE advertise for them (we want edupreneurs!).