Trust For Teachers

Andrew Sullivan —  May 9 2011 @ 8:23am

As a counter-point to these defenses of testing in education, here's E.D. Kain's praise of Finland's education system:

In Finland there are no standardized tests. In fact, there is really very little testing at all. Finnish teachers are not monitored or rated based on test scores, and teachers (as well as their students) have a great deal of autonomy. It is a system built on trust, and the film really drives home the notion that trust – rather than faux accountability – leads to real results, leads to teachers and students and members of government all wanting to live up to the trust given to them rather than simply scraping by.