Here’s an interesting story on the Finnish News Agency (STT) wires: Migrant students at school lag two years behind so-called ethnic Finns in the Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa) results.
Of all the OECD countries, Finland’s Pisa result saw the biggest drop in 2013 from the previous year.
Read full story here.
Anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS) MPs like Olli Immonen have been quick to point the finger at migrants and Finland’s ever-growing cultural diversity for the sharp drop in Pisa results.
Any sensible person understands that searching for a scapegoat is useless and counterproductive. We should instead look for the reasons behind the fall and take effective steps to resolve the matter.
It’s clear that if Finland wants to make this country successful in this century, one of the matters it must stop doing is blaming and scapegoating migrants and members of the visible minority community and doing too little to challenge intolerance.
Migrants aren’t the only ones being integrated into Finnish society. Finns too are integrating to a society that is ever-culturally diverse.
Here’s an important question: The law states clearly that we’re supposed to integrate people instead of assimilate them. Are we doing enough to promote two-way integration or is the rule one-way assimilation?
I believe that one of the magic words to raise Pisa scores of New Finns is respect and inclusion. How do the lack of these latter two important factors promote disenfranchisement and disempowerment? How do they impact studying and test scores at school?
Social exclusion costs a lot of money to the tax payer. That’s why we must find effective solutions to empower migrants and minorities to do everything possible to make them a part of our society.
Since Finland has one of the best educational systems in the world, it’s clear that we have the will and the means to find a solution to why New Finns not migrants lag behind in Pisa results.
Results of the findings will be published this summer at the latest, according to Aamulehti, which cites STT.