How Sweden, the most open country in the world, was overwhelmed by migrants – Telegraph

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English: (Green) Sweden. (Light-green) The European Union (EU). (Grey) Europe. (Light-grey) The surrounding region. See also: Category:SVG locator maps of countries of Europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to this Telegraph article, Sweden used to pride itself on giving a warm welcome to outsiders – but as the refugee crisis grows, so too does its sense of injustice.

Source: How Sweden, the most open country in the world, was overwhelmed by migrants – Telegraph

Like most of Europe, Sweden has reacted to the migration/refugee crises but is missing a fundamental strategy. Now immigration is questioning the values in Sweden’s liberal democracy.

The article contrasts Sweden to the UK, and supports David Cameron‘s policy priorities.

The point is that both Sweden and the UK have changed fundamentally because of immigration policies. It’s time for European countries to develop and effective strategy.

Thoughts?

20% of teachers in the country not sincere, Azim Premji says – The Times of India

Technical Teachers Training College Dhaka

Technical Teachers Training College Dhaka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: An old photo of the teachers of the Sharon School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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G20 protests in London. National Union of Teachers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This headline in the Times of India caught my attention. The Times of India is India‘s most -read newspapers, with one of the largest circulations in the world outside China. It’s worth a read. Check it out!

via 20% of teachers in the country not sincere, Azim Premji says – The Times of India.

As I reflected on the article, my mind wandered to the US, the UK and France and I wondered about the sincerity of teachers in these countries?

These days. teaching is heavily institutionalized. It typically attracts people with liberal or left-leaning views. Teaching has a reputation for attracting graduates who cannot get into another profession. Teaching is one of the most heavily unionized professions. There are many outstanding teachers who have a genuine passion for improving education, yet I  fear that there are too many who are insincere who are hiding behind the bureaucracy.

Interesting, the article cites Finland, with 8% of GDP on education as an indication of best practice. But apart from spending more money, there is the issue of getting greater value for money from our existing spending on education.

Any thoughts on teacher sincerity and getting greater value from money on national spending on education in countries like the US, France & the UK?