Routing the two-tier system: Part III – Education

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      eridani
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      Routing the two-tier system: Part III – Education

      Finland has effectively eliminated the two-tier system in education. The public schools are so good that even the very wealthy see no benefit in trying to start their own schools. As a result, the wealthy do not fight when the schools seek better funding, even though the wealthy bear a heavier burden in paying for it.

      The United States is in first position, but when GDP is taken into account, it is in 15th position. Finland is sixth absolutely but when GDP is taken into account, it is first. And why does the Finnish system rank so well? It eschews standardized testing (unlike the U.S.). It prioritizes play (and free time) for students. It reveres its teachers (and pays them well). And it offers free education through doctoral degrees to all of its citizens. The first two points do not even cost money, which means that the U.S. could study them and emulate them at no real cost. And while the latter two cost money, I would be surprised if the U.S. could not copy the Finnish system if it chose to do so.

      Finland does have tests for its students. “Finnish Lessons author Pasi Sahlberg says of the test, “Students are regularly asked to show their ability to cope with issues related to evolution, losing a job, dieting, political issues, violence, war, ethics in sports, junk food, sex, drugs, and popular music. Such issues span across subject areas and often require multidisciplinary knowledge and skills.”

      Although the studies do not appear to examine one further element, I would be surprised to learn that the mixing of children of the wealthy with those of the poorer classes has no impact on the education system. Sending children of the wealthy off to boarding schools deprives the poorer children of the opportunity of learning from the richer children, and it deprives the wealthier children of the experience of mingling with their poorer comrades. Furthermore, mixing children of all classes together makes for acceptance, and that makes for a better society.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      NV Wino
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      Here’s the key sentence.

      Furthermore, mixing children of all classes together makes for acceptance, and that makes for a better society.

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
      “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

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