Sunday, January 13, 2013

Reform Lessons from Finland

From Sahlberg, P. (2010). Finnish Lessons: What the World Can Learn from Educational Change in Finland. New York: Teachers College Press.

"We should reconsider those education policies that advocate choice, competition, and privatization as the key drivers of sustained educational improvement. None of the best-performing education systems currently rely primarily on them. Indeed, the Finnish experience shows that a consistent focus on equality and shared responsibility--not choice and competition--can lead to an education system in which all children learn better than they did before. Hoping that the problem of inadequate education would be fixed by paying teachers based on their student's test scores or converting public schools into private ones through charters or other means is not included in the repertoire of educational improvement in Finland." (p. 134).

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