people saying that finland’s eurovision entry was a “tribute to (marriage) equality”
that’s it, that’s the joke
kissing your lady backup dancer during a live performance in the hope of getting votes is not a tribute to anything
you can still like the song! you can still use it in your marriage equality playlist or w/e!
you can still get mad about the censorship of a same-gender kiss without pretending the song was some uber-progressive pro-gay song when actually it was clearly the recycling of the old trope of “women nags boyfriend into marrying her”
maybe you could also try caring that another straight person is attempting to profit from affecting queerness, though?
maybe you disagree (which you’re free to w/e) but i’m tired of giving straight people credit for being progressive when they’re using us as a gimmick
i hope you enjoy those 13 points, finland (ʘ‿ʘ✿)
Synced time lapse sequences of Finland, one during the darkest part of winter and the other during the brightest part of summer.
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at summer you can’t sleep and at winter you’re too depressed to get up
Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality.
In the Finnish view, as Sahlberg describes it, this means that schools should be healthy, safe environments for children. This starts with the basics. Finland offers all pupils free school meals, easy access to health care, psychological counseling, and individualized student guidance.
In fact, since academic excellence wasn’t a particular priority on the Finnish to-do list, when Finland’s students scored so high on the first PISA survey in 2001, many Finns thought the results must be a mistake. But subsequent PISA tests confirmed that Finland — unlike, say, very similar countries such as Norway — was producing academic excellence through its particular policy focus on equity.
That this point is almost always ignored or brushed aside in the U.S. seems especially poignant at the moment, after the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street movement have brought the problems of inequality in America into such sharp focus. The chasm between those who can afford $35,000 in tuition per child per year — or even just the price of a house in a good public school district — and the other “99 percent” is painfully plain to see."
Interesting fact from my Finnish teacher: every kid getting a school lunch started after the end of WW2, when the country’s resources were in pretty poor shape. If I’m remembering correctly, Finland didn’t get Marshall Plan money, and they were still on rationing for a while after the war. For many Finnish schoolchildren, free school lunch was the most substantive meal of the day, and sometimes the only meal, period. Porridge and pea soup were common meals.
Anyway, feeding kids seems to be a good enough idea that they’ve kept it in place.
My teacher’s anecdote has me wondering how much else of Finland’s school system is a result of postwar rebuilding. I can’t answer that question, but by contrast it’s made me think about American culture and how we tend to view this kind of support as temporary, or something that should fade once society gets back on its feet. The US is big into the idea of education as a loan—we’ll invest in an individual expecting to see returns on the investment. Education isn’t perceived as a right in the same way, nor is education seen as inherently beneficial. Though we give lip service to these ideas, education is primarily a means to an end,
I can’t actually speak for what Finland thinks about education, and I’m sure their school systems have their own issues, even with the hard work that they do. But this does raise some ideas about the US’s education system and I thought I’d bring them up.
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