Finland comes up in nearly every conversation about education reform these days. What, it is asked, can the United States learn from Finnish educational success?
Pasi Sahlberg shares what the US can't learn from Finnish education. Finland can show the US what equal opportunity looks like. Americans cannot achieve equity without first implementing fundamental changes in their school system.
1. Funding of schools. Finnish schools are funded based on a formula guaranteeing equal allocation of resources to each school regardless of location or wealth of its community.
2. Well-being of children: All children in Finland have, by law, access to childcare, comprehensive health care, and pre-school in their own communities. Every school must have a welfare team to advance child happiness in school.
3. Education as a human right: All education from preschool to university is free of charge for anybody living in Finland. This makes higher education affordable and accessible for all.
In Finland, schools and teachers are trusted so there is no external inspection of schools or standardized tests. Teaching is one of the top career choices in Finland.