In the UK the coalition government is keen that we learn from Finland and Singapore to have better schools. Ignoring the social and cultural differences between these countries and ours it is imagined that we make a few changes and better education, or learning, will ensue.
This article from the Washington Post helpfully summarises the elements that are at the heart of the success in these different countries and also Canada.
• More emphasis on the whole child, physical education, the arts, fostering talents and citizen skills. • Less emphasis on numeracy and literacy or testing • Greater respect for teachers, the profession and their role as partners in educational reform.
Thankfully these recommendations do not require low levels of sunlight during the winter or higher suicide rates.