I have another take on the PISA results that “seem” to demonstrate that all is NOT for the best in the best of all possible worlds (to quote Voltaire)! One of the reasons Canada (and many of its provinces) do well on PISA tests is because it compensates –by and large– by focusing on literacy more than other countries (that have better phonemic languages), IF taxpayers are willing to pay for that kind of extra-ordinary service, IF teachers are able to put more time and sacrifice their family life to compensate, IF parents are able to pay for tutors to compensate, IF students are willing to put up with the nonsense that the English spelling system is! And, then there are those who won’t be able to read this and won’t be able to write! We put on them a label! “YOU are disabled!” Really? Isn’t the language the one that is disabled? Disabling? With tens of thousands of misspelled words? Kids are disabled? Kids cannot read? Kids cannot write? WHAT? WHEN will our educational leaders stand up and ask for some accountability on how the spelling system –the system which underpins all learning, really– is and demand that it be reset, regularized to follow –at the very least– its spelling rules, so that English phonemicity can move from being the WORST to the BEST of all Western languages! The Finnish success can be attributed –by and large– to the ease by which its language is acquired, making learning to read a logical and efficient experience, not an exercise in rote memorization of ideographs that so many educators purport to despise, that rob kids of their self-esteem, that steal years of learning from so many or steal real money from so many who struggle to make ends meet! Speaking of which, I invite readers to read a thorough explanation of all the above assertions, all evidence-based and all reference-based at http://regularizingenglishspelling.wordpress.com/ . YES! Change is possible, but it is NOT easy! Is the status KO OK?