Friday, December 26, 2014

Finnish Students

The politically incorrect but inconveniently correct answer to the question posed in this article's title — Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? Of course, the possibility that it is students' innate intelligence and not teachers' efforts is not even considered.

"The country's achievements in education have other nations, especially the United States, doing their homework." Sometimes, the answer to homework questions can be quite easy.

"White Americans outperform students from all 37 predominantly white nations except Finns," reported Patrick J. Buchanan, quoting Steve Sailer's analysis of "U.S. reading scores by race, then measured Americans with the countries and continents whence their families originated" — Who Owns the Future?

There are no good schools, only good students. A year-old post of mine on my own kids' school top-ranking district — Top Schools, or Top Students?

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Blogger Donald R. said...

You wrote, "Of course, the possibility that it is students' intelligence and not teachers' efforts is not even considered."

Right on! And here in Ohio, standardized test scores are used mainly to (be)rate the school district & its teachers, but the students move right on up through the system together, regardless of their success or failure. "No child left behind."

You don't need data, you can use a map to determine where a higher percentage of successful students are found versus those who under-achieve, and it has little to do with the qualifications of their teachers, who come from the same colleges in either situation.

December 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Yep. The situation is pretty clear and simple, but since it goes against the prevailing orthodoxy, no one can address the issue and propose realistic solutions that would make life easier for everyone involved. Instead, we go on believing that anyone can grow up to be a theoretical physicist with the right teachers.

December 28, 2014 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Matthew Celestis said...

That Finnish children are more innately intelligent than American children is a radical conclusion. It is plausible, but one would surely want some evidence to support that notion before concluding that this is the reason for the disparity of educational results.

One would need to make a comparison with other countries with a similar genetic make-up to Finns, namely other Finn--Ugric peoples such as Hungarians and also with Swedes and Russians. If children in those countries showed evidence of greater intelligence, this would confirm the conclusion that higher innate intelligence was the reason.

January 3, 2015 at 3:32 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I see what you're saying with your proposed study of Finns and Magyars, but they've been separated long enough for some human "husbandry" to have selected intelligence as an inherited trait. Ashkenazim have in less than two millennia upped their average IQ to 115 through circumstances in Europe that led to the scholarly classes producing more children.

January 3, 2015 at 11:41 AM  

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