What Can U.S. Education Learn From Finland?

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Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Amanda Ripley, author of “The Smartest Kids In The World,” discusses the differences in education around the world and how the United States compares to the rest of the world. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Focused on -- what do they have that america is missing?

They went through a time of economic herald, so we know what that feels like.

For a variety of reasons, a ended up coming with a considered says the kids needed to do rigorous work in order to survive in the economy.

Once you have had that consensus, other things happen.

Other things fall into place.

Finland, in the late 1960's, shut down its existing teacher training colleges, which are a lot like ours.

Your book uses a lot of words like rigor, resilience, higher order learning to describe what is lacking in u.s. high schools right now.

How do we get there when my second grader's teacher uses words like fun, encouragement, and support.

You are wearing a blue ribbon today.

Everybody gets a blue ribbon, right?

Yes.

Certainly we have a problem with our anxiety about children's self-esteem.

That is not the case in many countries around the world.

That is a huge challenge.

I think we are starting to see a slight shift, but it is very countercultural.

I wanted to go to nigel travis from dunkin' donuts within english education.

When i give doors to the british kids, they are smarter than the american kids because of that rigor -- when i give tours to british kids, they're smarter than the american kids.

Do not be full by the accent.

The u.k. does not have the results of finland or area, although it has improved recently.

Certainly, the trick is to have rigor and fuse the whole system.

You want teachers or carefully selected, well-trained, and you want work that is worth doing.

We are moving in that direction here.

Very turbulent, but 45 states in the u.s. have adopted common core state standards which are more rigorous standards for what kids should know in math and reading.

Of course, it is a no-brainer.

But there is opposition from the tea party.

There's plenty of opposition.

You say that i schools in finland, korea, and the other country, what about sports?

What's i think we lost sight of the priorities.

Kids pick up on those signals.

When i spoke to exchange students about this, nine out of 10 said kids seem to care more about sports in america.

They also said that american classes were easier.

You see the interaction of those two things.

I am not saying we should do away with sports altogether, but in most countries it is separate from school.

Kids do a year abroad in college and they are never the same.

It is so much harder, and they come back totally different.

That is the concept that comes up in the u.k. in the modern world, you need to solve problems.

I am on the board of our school in massachusetts.

We had a debate the other night about creativity.

We were talking about the role of the arts in the music, dance, and art in general.

I think that is important, but that does not seem to come out of your studies.

That is important.

Finland is a great example of that.

Would you see in asia, like in korea, there is less of that.

I think it is a problem, trying to get that balance.

We have a lot more to discuss.

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