Smart Country, Smart Education, Smart Finances, Smart Economics

A few snippets of news.

On Radio 4 this week an economist spoke about the continuing financial crisis in the Eurozone, and warned that every European country (including Germany!) might eventually lose its so-called ‘Triple A’ credit rating, assuming they haven’t done so already.

Every country, that is, apart from Finland.

What is it about Finland?

Clearly Germany, in one sense, doesn’t deserve to be downgraded on its credit rating by ‘the markets’, since it has resolutely, unlike Britain and many other countries, pursued intelligent long-term financial and industrial policies. The threat to Germany appears to be that in acting as the lender of last resort for the weaker countries in the Eurozone (ie it’s the biggest contributor to any bail-out fund) it necessarily stretches itself and weakens itself financially. [Since Germany has been the biggest gainer from having the Euro as a common currency then there is some justice in this.]

But what is it about Finland?

We’ve said often enough in this blog that Finland has the most enlightened policies and the best practices for education and for social justice. [Only Sweden has less income inequality] But who knew that Finland has also pursued enlightened policies for running its finances and its economy? If anyone has any links to further information about this then please let us know.

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Also on the radio in the past few days:

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain’s best-know paralympic athlete, was speaking about education, and about the need to differentiate learning for differing needs. She made the point that pupils have very different levels of skills and concentration, and very different interests. So why should we fit them all to the same educational template? “Why don’t we allow them to create their own learning pathways? Why don’t we ask them what they WANT to do, to learn?”

Why not indeed.

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If government ministers want to know – if they really want to know – why Finland is so successful at education and also the management of its finances, commerce and industry, then we should encourage those ministers to take a sabbatical and spend some time as unpaid interns learning from the very best just how they do things so well.

And if they don’t want to know the reasons for Finland’s success, then we should demand to know why not.

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It’s now reached the point where I’m sick of suggesting that we should adopt the policies and practices we see working so well in Finland. From now on, we should demand to know why we should NOT adopt those policies and practices, if anyone chooses to argue otherwise. Let them justify their reasons for NOT doing so, since Finland is so obviously and so clearly successful – and let’s see whether the naysayers have even the slightest clue what they’re arguing against. I’m prepared to take part in any well-informed debate about this, but I don’t see why we should tolerate ignorance and complacency, and refusal to learn from those who are already successful in what we’re trying to succeed at.

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Exhaustive research (ie a tweet from the Guardian) has just led me to this article about Finland’s economy –

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/24/finland-triple-aaa-rating-moodys-eurozone

How Finland keeps its head above eurozone crisis

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The importance of school lunchtimes and playtimes: take a look at this Institute of Education blog post:

http://ioelondonblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/lets-do-school-lunch-lessons-in-social-and-emotional-development-can-never-replace-the-real-thing/

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Boris Johnson’s Olympic Welcome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEDFMKjhLRw&feature=player_embedded

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How happy are you? Find out the wellbeing score for everywhere in the UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/jul/24/how-happy-are-you-wellbeing

Know the secret to life satisfaction and happiness? The latest data appears to suggest it lies in living in the wilds of Scotland – or at least in Rutland – in being employed, older and in good health.

In terms of age, the older you get, the happier you are, with people in their mid-40s the most likely to be anxious and have lower life satisfaction.

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What Happens When You Load a Web Page? [Video]

http://www.howtogeek.com/115941/what-happens-when-you-load-a-web-page-video/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=070612

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About 3D Eye

Gary Foskett and Clare Blackhall are educationalists, writers and consultants. We work with schools and other organisations who share our vision of how schools, businesses, etc should work in the 21st Century. We also run courses and contribute to conferences - speaking about our three dimensional model of intelligences and how schools, colleges and universities can develop the full potential of all their staff and students. We also offer consultancy for businesses and public sector organisations to support staff training and organisational change and development. For more detailed information read our blog at https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/ or see our website at www.3diassociates.com.
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One Response to Smart Country, Smart Education, Smart Finances, Smart Economics

  1. Karen Wan says:

    There is definitely something special going on in Finland. I agree with you! 🙂

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