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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 5, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Public education reformers are motivated by profit

We need to replicate Finland’s educational system

I’m really sick and tired of people like guest columnist Kimberly Lasher Mitchell who claim to be a reformer of public education [“I’m a proud education reformer,” Opinion, Dec. 2].

The truth is that without so-called reforms her position as co-founder of Inquiry Partners would be meaningless and without profit.

And that is the problem with the current educational reforms — they are motivated by profit. Diane Ravitch, in her new book called “Reign of Error,” exposes this profit motive and the absurdity of the new educational reforms. It should be required reading for everyone associated with education.

If we were really concerned about making our public schools better, we would be replicating the educational system in Finland. Finland has the highest test scores in the world. They accomplish this by doing almost everything opposite of our current American educational system. One key factor in their system is that they trust their teachers to make decisions for their own classrooms. This is something that is slowly being taken away from teachers in America.

— Roger J. Wong, retired public education teacher, Renton

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