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