Education reformers like to point to Finland as the prime example of how public education should work. The primary problem with their argument is that Finland’s public education system is exactly the opposite of what the charter school industry and their corporate education reform allies are proposing.
In Finland, there is no privatization of public education.
In Finland, teachers are respected and honored and are given the responsibility for developing programs that provide every student an opportunity to succeed. Administrators are hired to support their teachers, not limit their ability to teach.
In Finland, there is no massive standardized testing scheme
In Finland, students are provided a comprehensive education, not one restricted to the Common Core and its limited focus on just math and language arts.
In Finland, children are allowed to be children.
To better understand why Finland has the best public education system, one must understand how Finland aggressively reduces the level of child poverty, how it funds and supports its public schools, and how it recognizes the importance of childhood.
The following blog posts from Diane Ravitch provide some of that vital background;