WAITING IN THE WINGS
The Finnish Model for USA School to Work:
~Tony Wagner’s Agenda
~Carnegie Marc Tucker’s Agend
The John Birch Society, which recently announced its support for tax-funded school choice (see our blog’s article “John Birch Society Comes Out of Closet”), has a computer home school program which is tailored to some of the elements of the “new” Finnish education model being promoted by major change agent Tony Wagner of Harvard.
Maine’s Dept. of Education brought Prof. Tony Wagner into Maine as a consultant on restructuring a couple of years ago. Read, “Wagner: Schools should retool, teach ‘survival skills’,” from the Maine DOE Newsroom webpage.
Here is a summary of this Finnish model from the The Independent (UK) article “Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system” by Richard Garner, HELSINKI, March 20, 2015. Is this what you parents and citizens want for American schoolchildren? Compare these remarks to those made by the John Birch Society promoting Tony Wagner, and note that this Finnish education tracks students into two tiers, like worker bees (elite highly trained “knowledge workers”) and drones (low-level “cafeteria services” workers).
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Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education
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