“Where to Invade Next?”
On Monday, 26 February 2017 he presented a documentary on SBS, which can be found of your TV’s “SBS on Demand”, called Where to Invade Next? in which he ‘invades’ countries on the continent that have the most outstanding ways of combating social issues and conducting some of society’s most successful social institutions.
His ‘invasion’ of Finland’s education system is outstanding. He queries some of their more preciously held beliefs on the nature of schooling The looks on the faces of those Finns amazed at the ways we treat our school children, is worth the effort of watching.
It’s a pity that a video clip of this section of his documentary cannot be sent to every schools in Australia. It says so much. The reference below is not as easy to follow [poor sound] as that available on TV’s ‘SBS on demand’.
But, no matter how you access it, please make sure you do.
You will note…
Schooling starts at 7 years of age.
No ‘rich’ [aka ‘private’] schools. Rich kids must mix with lower class kids. No distinctions are noted nor made between neighbourhood schools. Each one is proficient.
“Less is More’. Allow time for kids to be happy, to be ‘hands on’, to be problem solving learners.
[You will note the surprise on Moore’s face when the Maths teacher said that his pupils have to be happy with learning Maths. Please consider the NAPLAN view of how the teaching of Maths ought to be handled!]
1. No standardised tests during schooling …only one at end of schooling.
2. More time for play and socialising. School week is only 20 hours at school. No homework.
3. Teaching is the highest and most respected profession in the country. A Masters Degree is required for entry.
4. Post-schooling college and university education is free.
5. Pre-schooling is universal.
- It needs to get rid of NAPLAN
- It needs to consider whether there is any social merit in Public Examinations generally. After all, they contain the elements of serious threat to teen-age well-being; suicide being only one of them.
- It needs to consider whether the creation of fear and anxiety in young children is preferable to the creation of play and being happy.
- It needs to think about the reasons for schooling.
- It needs to wonder why the kind of Finnish élan for learning works comprehensively better than the Australian macabre disposition for driving learning by fear.
Phil Cullen 41 Cominan Avenue Banora Point Australia 2486 07 5524 6443 0407865999 firstname.lastname@example.org REFER: Who’s Who in Australia.
Which do you think is more important for Australia’s future…… Its Schooling or its Defence by submarines?
[It’s a trick question.]