What I learned from BETT 2012 #2: Grass isn’t always greener

I’ve never experienced a different education system than the British one, but of course the odd snippet or two has come my way over the years which have led me to the following beliefs about education in different countries:

  • The district structure in the US is ideal with between 10 and 20 schools in each district.
  • Hungarian education is best at teaching maths.
  • Finland is perfect.
This BETT washed those beliefs away like the chaff they really are.


I spoke to a Norwegian lecturer bemoaning the loss of small rural schools and the devastating impact it is on their community.


I spoke to US educators tearing their hair out at the slow pace of change exhibited in their state’s education system, with each district being stalled and blocked by what they really want to do.


I spoke to teachers from Germany decrying their assessment regime in the way in categorises students into 3 categories of achievement at the age of 9 or 10 – you know whether you’ll be going to university at that age.


I spoke to an Italian teacher shocked at how much technology was available to British schools and how little to Italian schools.


And I thought, it’s not actually that bad here.

2 thoughts on “What I learned from BETT 2012 #2: Grass isn’t always greener”

  1. a very encouraging thought for a trainee teacher, thank you! It’s very easy to be distracted (and possibly a little scared) by everything in the press and the reaction to what’s going on at the moment, but it’s nice to see that while we’re not perfect here in Britain, it’s not necessarily any better anywhere else!

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