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And then there’s good ol’ America
This actually makes me so angry. The truth is right here and people see it and brush it aside. We really could make things better. But no, America apparently wants to suck forever.
You know, America, if we spent some money investing in education instead of making sure the ultra-rich were even more ultra-rich, we could *actually* be the exceptional nation that we pretend to be.
The key element for Finland—even more than the discrepancy in homework and the standardized tests—is the institutional support by the government and the populace at large. It’s liable to get branded as “socialism” by small-government conservatives, who already think our public education system is an insidious form of socialism. Part of the problem with the US system is the mobilized lack of support it gets, as small-government conservatives want our public education system to fail, believing that the only alternative is the complete privatization of education. They’re basically in a win-win situation: If our nation’s children do well, our nation improves; if they do poorly, it’s more fuel for the privatization bonfire. The Finnish model doesn’t even factor into the equation; it’s an absolute nonstarter.
And, of course, the ones caught in the middle—children and educators—are forced to make the best of what they’re given because they have no other alternative. The only way I see large-scale education reform coming to the US is a sea change in public opinion away from fierce small-government conservative beliefs. Unfortunately it seems like we’re headed in the opposite direction—or at least for a while. Until then, we’ll have to continue to make the best with what we’ve got.