The Wrong Lesson

Here’s a curious little sequence of video clips from BBC News.

They show us how education goes in Finland.

Then we get a clip of schooling in South Korea.

And then the BBC’s Matt Frei interviews Arne Duncan, our federal Secretary of Education, to discuss lessons for the U.S.A. from the South Korean and Finnish experiences.

Going by those experiences, it looks to me as though the main lesson is: If you seek educational excellence, be a small mono-ethnic country with near-zero levels of immigration.

(The reporter actually mentions the i-word near the very end of the Finland clip, but then drops it like a hot sauna rock.)

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