The article appearing in The American Conservative’s 3/18/24/ “State of the Union” column by Gracy Olmstead, titled “Why Finland’s Educational Model Is More Conservative Than Ours,” has truly outdone itself with a masterful exercise in modern Orwellian doublespeak. The not so “American” nor “Conservative” magazine seems to be fawning over the supposedly glorious, homogenous, Skinnerian Finnish education system to the same degree as the John Birch Society’s magazine The New American
Did we taxpaying Americans miss a “Conservative Memo”? Was there a confab to which we Constitution-abiding citizens were not invited? A town hall meeting perhaps, whereby so-called conservative thought leaders decided for the rest of us that American, locally run by elected school boards, and academically-based, publicly-funded and publicly-run schools were a thing of the past?
One wonders, given the relentless campaign to promote the Finnish model of personally-invasive, touchy-feely, Social Emotional learning, school-to-work, “Topic based” (not Subject based!!) education that is being hustled in the media currently. (Scroll down to the bottom of this article to read all of the previous posts written about Finland and its model.)
The American Conservative is positing the FALSE PREMISE that the traditional, albeit under relentless attack, American system of academic, fact-based education can be positively compared to the UNESCO-supported, Outcomes/Performance-based Core Curriculum (What can you DO, not what do your KNOW as fact).
The two systems are like comparing apples and oranges. They cannot be compared. They are not equivalent.
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Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education
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