Finland is acclaimed as one of the rare countries that has managed to build a school system where all children learn well and most schools succeed. It has no private schools; study time is low compared with other countries and a master's degree is the minimum qualification for a teacher. In South Korea students also get impressive results in a culture where parents regard failure to gain entry to university a huge shame.
The high cost of private education in Korea including cramming schools known as hagwons is cutting the birth rate while the factory-style study system has put the country at the top of the league for teen suicides. In the US, many middle-class families now struggle to get by on two paychecks, whereas most got by on just one back in the 1950s and ’60s. It is claimed that part of the reason is that many second paychecks today go toward financing a largely fruitless bidding war for homes in good school districts.
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Today the Irish Times has a number of articles on fee-paying schools.
Some additional information on Finland is provided in a blog post: Irish have little interest in reform despite economic crash
Finland pays its teachers well as they are
comparable with earnings of medics and lawyers - - but still lower than levels
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