Education: A Golden Age

“The education sector’s structure and policies will change more in the next 3 years than they changed in the last 2,500 years”

Sweden: Free global math education for one Grade 6-entering student at every school

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http://globaleducationforyou.wordpress.com/mathematics-initiatives-sweden/

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2008/03/31 Posted by | 2008 mathematics initiatives, Europe, Mathematics, Middle school, Sweden | 1 Comment

Sweden/England/Wales – wonderful voucher policy advances, but great and rapid academic progress will require globalized instruction

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http://www.spectator.co.uk/the-magazine/features/526631/made-in-sweden-the-new-tory-education-revolution.thtml

Sweden’s voucher program as a blueprint for full “voucherization” of the school system in England and Wales. Continue reading

2008/03/5 Posted by | Performance - school, Policy, Sweden, Vouchers, Wales | Leave a comment

Sweden: tremendous voucher policy progress

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http://www.europesworld.org/EWSettings/Article/tabid/78/Default.aspx?Id=6a3a8205-0b53-4db5-8d69-cc5f377d3c63

“The variety of schools has increased throughout Sweden. The voucher system means that all students, irrespective of family income, can attend non-public schools. Even in rural areas there is now a wide choice of schools and it seems that the overall quality of Swedish schools has benefited from competition. The very existence of non-public schools has created a demand for reform also of public schools. If there is a difference, it also seems that non-public schools often are better at dealing with children with learning problems.

…three features seem particularly important when looking at the experience gained. Reform was based on a combination of public and market systems. It was general in its form, without demanding that non-public schools had to be special in order to be licensed. And reform reached out to cover all students.

This is what Sweden can offer, probably the most ambitions voucher system in the world but screwed into a social framework that is deeply rooted in the country. It is worth studying because, at the end of the day, it is using common principles of competition in an area where earlier such principles had not been generally accepted. One thing is for sure. “No change” is not an acceptable alternative.”

2008/03/5 Posted by | Charter schools, Europe, Performance - school, Policy, Sweden, Vouchers | Leave a comment

Skoleeksempler – et snevert nordisk spektrum

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Skoleeksempler

http://www.nrk.no/kanal/programoversikt/?p_otr_prog_id=OFAA13003807&p_otr_sendedato=20080305&p_otr_anntid=20.10&p_otr_kanal=NRK2&p_knapp=Omtale&p_artikkel_id=0

Vår kommentar: Denne dokumentaren begynte med en dekning av en en-ukes lærerutveksling mellom de to landene i den industrialiserte verden der matematikk/analysedelen av den offentlig drevne undervisningen er svakest og elevene derfor dårligst rustet til å konkurrere om studieplasser i kvantitative fag ved verdens ledende universiteter – Norge og Danmark. Programmet viste store forskjeller i hvordan skolene og elevene innretter seg fysisk – men sa svært lite om eventuelle forskjeller når det gjelder kjernen i det akademiske opplegget. Programmet viste at den danske skolen har den samme feilslåtte generalist-lærer-modellen som den norske skolen nå endelig går vekk fra og hvordan lærere tynges av å skulle være like gode i engelsk, historie og heimkunnskap. Presentasjonsarbeid i språkundervisningen er stimulerende, men vi lurer på om vokabularoppbyggingen er krevende og systematisk og om den enkelte elev får nok snakketid (vår egen skoles språkundervisning skjer som regel i grupper på maksimalt fire).

Maridalens rektor Dag Ulvin kom med den meget viktige uttalelsen at “forskjellige foreldre har helt forskjellige forventninger til skolen”. Det har de, og da er det en selvfølge at de enkelt skal kunne sende barna på tilsvarende forskjellige barne- og ungdomsskoler. Danmarks tunge innslag av friskoler ble ikke nevnt; vi får se om Sveriges banebrytende voucher/friskole-ordninger blir behørig beskrevet i programmet neste uke.

Vi regner med at de to episodene tilsammen vil vise hvordan de finske elevene tjener på den tydelige lærerrollen i Finland men at elevene i alle de nordiske landene blir liggende etter de i Øst-Europa og Øst-Asia faglig siden pensumene i de nordiske landene er langt mindre krevende og utviklende.

2008/03/5 Posted by | Elementary school, Europe, Finland, Languages, Mathematics, Norway, Performance - school, Performance - teacher, Performance pay, Policy, Post in Norwegian, Sweden, Teacher education | Leave a comment