This open access book examines the challenges and issues caused by a move to a privatized education system in Sweden. Observing the introduction of the school voucher system and the lowering of academic standards, the move away from objective knowledge towards constructive knowledge is identified as the core reason for Swedens current education crisis. The impact of declining education standards on the labor market is also discussed. This book highlight the issues seen in Sweden and suggests policies that can improve education, not just in Sweden but the rest of the world as well. It will be relevant to students and researchers interested in education and labor economics.
1. Introduction: The Rise and Puzzling Fall of the Swedish Educational System -- 2. The Silver Age of Swedish Education -- 3. Educational Performance in Swedish SchoolsWhat Are the Facts? -- 4. The Malaise in the School System -- 5. Two Views of Knowledge and Teaching -- 6. The Rise of "Post-Truth" Schooling -- 7. The Deinstitutionalization and Fragmentation of the Swedish School System -- 8. A Perfect Storm -- 9. The Way Forward for Sweden and Other Western Countries.
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