The Lemon Dance

By skepticlawyer

This film was made by someone I would not have expected to run a libertarian (or, these days, Swedish) argument when it comes to education. Below is an excerpt, which contains excellent statistical information.

Like his other (more famous) film, this one becomes emotionally manipulative in the second half: only watch all of it if you don’t mind being induced to throw shoes (or other items) at your computer. I say this as someone who agrees with his education arguments, so my cautions apply doubly to those who disagree with him.

Once you’ve watched it, you’ll understand ‘The Lemon Dance’, and enjoy some insight into ‘The Law of Unintended Consequences’, along with ‘rent-seeking’. This is especially so if you take the time to watch part 4 as well.

In fact, watch part 4, then part 5.


  1. Posted September 6, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    A piece getting all excited about the Finnish education success.

  2. Posted September 6, 2011 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    When you “demographically” correct PISA scores, some unexpected results emerge.

    It also shows that the issue is not levels of spending: but anyone who has been following the education debate knows that.

    The Finns still look good, so there may be things to learn there, but spending more money is not one of them and one needs to be cautious in applying lessons from a small, monocultural society to larger and/or much more culturally diverse, jurisdictions.

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