In just 30 years, Finland transformed its school system from one that was mediocre and inequitable, to one that consistently produces some of the world's best students, while virtually eliminating an achievement gap. And they do it without standardized testing. Dan Rather Reports airs Mondays at 8pm ET on AXS TV.You Tube reply:
Finland is in the top 5 in the world in producing the best students. "And the do it without standardized testing." Wake up, common core advocates!
Some hard line conservatives passionately believe in the Protestant work ethic. This is even taken into schools where children get a daily grilling in a pseudo military type environment. Some Far Eastern countries take this to extremes and put children through punishing long days turning them into automations. The children have very little play time and get far too much homework thrown in on top. I read once how some of these children would commit suicide and that their hard line teachers would say good riddance because this meant they were no good anyway. Social Darwinian extremism. These teachers are the ultra authoritarians, the fascists.
But what if it all so unnecessary because the Finish system shows us that there is a better way. The hard liners won't like it because they want to punish people. Punish people because they like to relax and enjoy life. A Bonobo lifestyle would suite me down to the ground.