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So, Swedish Charter Schools Are Great, Are They…?

schools closedKiwi supporters of charters, such as Catherine Isaac, often trot out Swedish charters as proof that the concept is the bee’s knees and will bring awe-inspiring improvement for low achievers.*

It’s all the more interesting then, to read that “One of Sweden’s largest free school operators has announced it will shut down, leaving hundreds of students stranded“.

19 schools will be sold, three closed**, leaving hundreds of students having to find new schools in the most important education years of their lives.

Why are they closing?

Because “Danish private equity group Axcel, which bought the chain in 2008, decided it could no longer continue to cover the company’s losses.”

This is what happens when you allow for-profit schools – if they can’t make enough moolah, they bail out.

Tough luck to the students.

Because they are not in it for education, they are in it to make money.

Compare that to Christchurch public schools who fought to carry on through quake after quake, caring for their students and communities no matter what.   Staff who lost their homes, still turning up to work.

Compare that to Novopay.  Staff not being paid correctly, some not paid at all – not a single cent.  Some unpaid for months.  And yet on they went.

Why?  Because they became teachers to educate children, and they care about their students.  Simple as that.

Kiwis should take note of the warning from Sweden to the UK  “not to slavishly adopt the Swedish model, where private companies can set up profit-making free schools, paid for by the state but with little government oversight.”

Because this is where it can lead:  students without schools.



* for more on why Swedish schools are not the bee’s knees, read these…

OECD PISA scores – who is beating NZ?  

Dear Dr Sharples…

NACT facts – random information and spin

UK Free schools – how are they faring?

** Update – possibly four closed.

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4 thoughts on “So, Swedish Charter Schools Are Great, Are They…?

  1. I say only this: free market or constructivism is to blame? “One such alternative that has been the focus of much scholarly writing in recent years is constructivism, an epistemology seemingly embraced by the Swedish school reforms of the 1990’s”


    Posted by Alessandro | June 18, 2014, 1:07 pm


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