when will america learn….
We won’t learn, because our education system sucks
Instead of treating kids like machines in a factory, being created into obedient workers. It looks like in Finland they’re treated like actual humans.
it’s also because all teachers there have masters’ degrees, and teaching is seen as a prestigious profession like medicine or law.
What’s actually wrong with American schools is not that they’re not like Finnish schools.
What’s wrong with American schools is that they’re an outdated relic of the early 20th century, where the object was to train a child to have the mindset required to work in a factory job long hours of the day, as at the time that mandatory public school was instituted, that was the main expectation of children.
As the industrial age faded and the US entered the era of private sector jobs, the education system failed to reflect that change, and they’re still training us to have the mindset for an industrial job, not a job in today’s job market.
The problem with American schools is not that they’re not like Finnish schools.
The problem with American schools is that they’re preparing us for jobs that no longer exist.
I keep seeing this reblogged as if that system were ever a good and positive thing for children. The American school system wasn’t designed to prepare young adults to enter the work force as free and independent agents. It was designed to indoctrinate children so that they would not complain about the dangerous, monotonous industrial work ahead of them. It was designed by factory owners with the express purpose of quelling working class revolt before it happened. It was designed to repress individual thinking and to increase dependence. Capitalists watched socialism rising up across the world and they designed American schools to ensure it would not happen here.
You want to know what kind of school you get when you apply that thinking to the modern workplace?
This is an example of a Rocketship school, charter schools that target “primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited.”
How do parents feel about their children being so excellently prepared for the current job market? See for yourself. These schools prey upon low-income communities, especially in areas with high Latin@/Hispanic populations. They’re becoming increasingly popular because they do exactly what the old industrial schools did: they create a workforce. After you’ve spent thirteen formative years of your life in a call center, after all, what more could you possibly want out of life?
Education, arts, independent thinking: those things are for rich children. Stop pretending that “being prepared for jobs” is a GOOD thing to do to CHILDREN.