Saturday, February 9, 2013

Teachers in Finland

Ed Week has an article on evaluating teachers using standardized test scores here.

All of the time and expense poured into all this measuring! NPR had an On Point show yesterday describing Finland's school system because Finland students scores number one in the world.

It turns out that Finland doesn't use any standardize testing until the kids are finishing high school. They treat their teachers, as far as pay and respect go, as they treat their other professionals, like doctors and engineers.

And here we are, hurtling in the other direction, treating teachers like they are on an assembly line making ketchup bottles. How many can you make in an hour?? How little can we pay you?? How many benefits can we cut??

I wonder how hard it is to learn Finnish.

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