The Learning Renaissance

The Trouble with Swedish Education

In the past, when talking about national educational achievement, it was commonplace to speak of the educational standards of Scandinavian countries as if they were, to all intents and purposes the same. However since about the year 2000, Sweden seems to have taken a divergent path with new academies and competition entering the vocabulary. As one Swedish friend put it to me:

“It was one symptom that the country had lost its way and sense of purpose. The key pillars of social justice and equality on which the Swedish state had been developed since the Second World War seemed not to count any more.”

Apparently the OECD are commenting on similar lines in a recent document. This is significant for the UK as well as the educational experiment which Sweden attempted, with its neo-liberal ‘market forces’ introduced to the system as an agent of change were very influential in the reforms and priorities of Michael Gove.

The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher takes Sweden to task over its declining education standards. Photograph: TT News Agency/Reuters

The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher takes Sweden to task over its declining education standards. Photograph: TT News Agency/Reuters

Read more at The Guardian website: Sweden urged to rethink parents’ choice over schools after education decline | The Guardian

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Dazed and confused much of the time but convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans.

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