The Learning Renaissance

Government Approaches to Education – A Comparison

Maria Hyväri, a student teacher, runs a workshop at the Normal Lyceum in Helsinki. Photograph: David Crouch for the Guardian

Maria Hyväri, a student teacher, runs a workshop at the Normal Lyceum in Helsinki. Photograph: David Crouch for the Guardian

It is generally in the nature of government to intervene in determining the direction of education. This is only to be expected as they tend to fund the majority of it. However, the problem seems to come in the level and degree in which they want to micro-manage the whole content and process of learning. In no other area, does government play such an intimate role in prescribing both the what and the how of the process more than in education. The result is that on the basis that “everyone has had an education and therefore are experts in what happens in schools” their well-meaning, but misguided and ill-advised interventions generally, whatever their intention, erode the quality of educational provision.

These two articles compare and contrast the role of government in education in the UK and Finland…read and weep my UK colleagues…

Academies and performance pay are ‘distractions’ that won’t improve learning, John Hattie warns | tesconnect

Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland’s teachers are different | The Guardian

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