In “Finnish Him” a recent post from the clever, humorous blog, The Mighty F: Discussing Things that Start with F, (think Carl Hiaasen/Mark Twain), the author expounds on the successes of Finland.
“Finland is so hot right now! Number one in education, chock-full of beautiful, athletic people, close to the top of the Happiness Index, boatloads of reindeer, world-class infrastructure, dominant in all those economic/health/quality of life categories; the Finns are absolutely crushin’ it.”
He continues with thoughts shared by our nation’s top educational leaders from Stanford to Harvard : “How do they (Finland) do it? What are their secrets? This of course should be at the top of every U.S. politician’s agenda (figuring out how to co-opt things and ideas from other countries in a way that is beneficial to us) but it’s not easy to admit when you’ve been outhustled, outmaneuvered and outcoached. The truth is, we’re being out-America’d.”
How true! Decades ago when Finland put in an all-out effort to reform their education system, where did the Finns find the educational research to build their educational success? Yes, the United States. Indeed, we have been “out-America’d”.
To pull us out of the current slump our author, tongue in cheek, offers a solution for U.S. politicians: “Finnish Extraction and Implementation Strategies”. He jump starts the process with three amusing action points. Enjoy reading the full post here: The Mighty F.
If like me you are troubled and frustrated by the current state of affairs in American public education and our students’ mediocre PISA student scores in math, science and reading, this post will bring a smile to your face. And seriously, “Finnish Him” may inspire a more creative and lasting solution to the problems than the educational policies created in Washington D.C, mainly No Child Left Behind and The Race to the Top.