It was among the best until a while back, but there have been cuts on top of cuts and now we literally have kids who can't read or write. I'm not sure how they don't learn it at school, but... well, apparently they don't. Obviously that's a small percentage and most of them probably have like ADD, ADHD, autism or other conditions (or just smartphone addiction), but kids like that used to get special education.
Physical education has been cut from, too, to me personally that's not that big a deal since I was always a weak shit who majorly sucked at all sports, but I understand sports are important for a lot of people and for kids it's more important to get exercise than for adults... thankfully I've heard school food has gotten significantly healthier, that's the one improvement I've heard about.
Also, I'm not sure how history education has changed, if at all, but when I was in school we were taught nationalistic propaganda that could at times be argued to have been literal historical revisionism. I doubt it's gotten any better with time.
There's more I could say, but generally speaking, it's just gotten so much worse in a fairly short period of time that some would call it a crisis. I think the current (progressive and left-leaning) government is genuinely trying to improve it again, but they're not really doing a good job AFAIK... and of course, thanks to corona, right-wingers will blame leftists for fucking up a whole year. They're already saying the government didn't do enough to stop corona, but when they did increase restrictions right-wingers were complaining about "authoritarianism". Corona is a lose-lose situation for leftists, and kids might pay the biggest price in the coming years if this year's shortcomings aren't compensated somehow.
Dunno about Scandinavia, but Finland could be considered actually socialistic in some ways, at least when it comes to our legal system and that kind of stuff. I mean, universal healthcare, social services are free, there are all kinds of "safety nets" for everything, the government owns or at least controls a lot of businesses, etc.
It's just that because we don't have a socialist government, the government keeps going "we'll open up X for competition, free markets are the solution to all problems" and the supreme court is like "wait, that's illegal" but the government keeps trying to push it anyway.
On the other hand, though, you could argue we have state-sponsored capitalism because the state wants to leave sectors to the markets as soon as they stop being profitable for them and invest in sectors expected to be profitable...
I'd say it's not black and white, since I know for a fact there are people in the government who do actually care about things like poverty and other issues and want to make things better and are openly leftists. That said, the Social Democratic Party is more popular than the Left Alliance and the Left Alliance isn't full-blown communist or anarchist or anything. I personally think that's good, I mean communism and anarchism might work in theory and maybe in the future if we can overcome things like nationalism they might work in practice, but a gradual progression is more likely to succeed.
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