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The US Ambassador To Finland Sent A Great Holiday Card

The US Ambassador To Finland Sent A Great Holiday Card | Finland | Scoop.it

The US Ambassador to Finland sent the best Christmas Card. Of course the Finns are known for their love of the sauna, so it's culturally spot on. 
 

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What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools? | Finland | Scoop.it
Why the U.S. emphasis on "teacher effectiveness" won't by itself really improve schools.

Finland’s Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and the author of the best-selling“Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?” In this piece he writes about whether the emphasis that American school reformers put on “teacher effectiveness” is really the best approach to improving student achievement.

 

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A book Mr Gove would do well to read. 

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Walking to School: High Anxiety Schooling vs. Its Polar Opposite

Walking to School: High Anxiety Schooling vs. Its Polar Opposite | Finland | Scoop.it
Stressing American kids vs. loving the Finns.

 

Here is what was learned from the Finnish school system:

In the 70's the country recognized that human capital was their chief resource and they needed to ensure that all children were educated well.
The nation determined the purpose of schooling (see above) and dedicated resources toward that end....

 

There were other surprises:
Students don't start formal schooling until the age of 7. (There is a one-year preschool, state sponsored.)
There is very little homework....

http://walkingtoschool.blogspot.fr/2012/04/high-anxiety-schooling-vs-its-polar.html

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Finnish Lessons - What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? - Pasi Sahlberg

Finnish Lessons - What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?  - Pasi Sahlberg | Finland | Scoop.it

"This book is a wake-up call for the U.S. Finland went from mediocre academic results to one of the top performers in the world. And, they did it with minimal testing, teacher unions, national collaboration, and elevating teaching to a high-status calling. This is the antidote to the NCLB paralysis."
— Henry M. Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University and David Jacks Professor of Education and Economics, Emeritus Stanford University

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Finnishing School | Thoughts on Public Education

Finnishing School | Thoughts on Public Education | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish education reform can be summed up in ten points, according to Pasi Sahlberg, a director at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and author of Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? The first nine are instructive, but it’s number ten that sums it up neatly and harshly.

 

“All of these factors that are behind the Finnish success seem to be the opposite of what is taking place in the United States and the rest of world where competitive, test-based accountability, standardization, and privatization seem to dominate,” Sahlberg told participants at the Empowerment Through Learning in a Global World conference. “There is hope, but you have to be smart in the way you do things…and in many of the things that you are trying to do here I see very little hope.”

http://toped.svefoundation.org/2012/01/20/finnishing-school/

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What Finland Shows China, U.S. | China Power

What Finland Shows China, U.S. | China Power | Finland | Scoop.it
The U.S. and Chinese education systems seem to be converging. Both could learn something from Finland.

 

Instead of emulating the worst tendencies in each other, the U.S. and China would benefit from studying Finland’s education system. Writing in the Atlantic, New York-based Finnish journalist Anu Partanen argues that Finland’s education achievements derive from its focus on compassion and equality, not on competition and excellence. She criticizes America’s system of private schools, its use of standardized testing to sort students, and the trend towards “accountability,” and thus the Ivy League values of competition, testing, and elitism...

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finntimes: FINNISH EDUCATOR PASI SAHLBERG TOURS THE U.S.: WHY THE FINNISH EDUCATION SYSTEM WORKS

finntimes: FINNISH EDUCATOR PASI SAHLBERG TOURS THE U.S.: WHY THE FINNISH EDUCATION SYSTEM WORKS | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish education system has repeatedly been ranked as the best in the world.
We asked Paul Sahberg, one of the most qualified experts in the area, what is so good about it and what could be done to improve schools in the United States.

Q. Could you give us your title in English, explain what Cimo is (what does it do, who is behind that organization, etc.), and what do your duties there include. Also, if you could tell us a little about yourself – your background, family, etc?...

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Superconductor: Concert Review: Finnish Tango Takes Manhattan

Superconductor: Concert Review: Finnish Tango Takes Manhattan | Finland | Scoop.it

In Finland, the tango caught on in the years following the Winter War with Russia. After fighting both Russian and German forces, the Finns needed a way to decompress. And they found it in slower versions of the tango, almost always in a sad minor key. The national obsession became a craze in the 1990s, with a yearly tango festival in the tiny town of Seinäjoki drawing thousands to dance and compete.

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Kone buys Quality Elevator in the US

Kone buys Quality Elevator in the US | Finland | Scoop.it
Kone, the one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, has acquired the assets of Quality Elevator in Pennsylvania, US. According to Kone press release, the deal will expand company’s presence in important Pennsylvania markets.
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The Global Search for Education: A Look at a Finnish School - Huffington Post

The Global Search for Education: A Look at a Finnish School - Huffington Post | Finland | Scoop.it

If you thought you knew everything about the remarkable transformation of Finland's schools from mediocre to one of the top performing school systems in the world, think again. Native Finn Pasi Sahlberg (educator, researcher, advisor on global education reform, and Director General of CIMO in Helsinki, Finland), who has lived and closely studied this remarkable reformation, tells the full story in his newly released book, Finnish Lessons -- What can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? Sahlberg shows how the Finnish ways of improving schools differ from the global educational reform movement and from the North American educational policies and reform strategies. It's a wake-up call for all countries around the world who aspire to achieve excellence.

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Nokia plans US re-entry - The Times of India

Nokia Oyj will reenter the US smartphone market in early 2012 with the introduction of devices running Microsoft Corp’s Windows Phone for multiple US carriers.
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Clean and Quirky, Finnish Designs Make Their Stateside Debut at New York's MAD - ARTINFO.com

Clean and Quirky, Finnish Designs Make Their Stateside Debut at New York's MAD - ARTINFO.com | Finland | Scoop.it

In 2012, the city of Helsinki will launch its global World Design Capital program, a yearlong initiative, spanning cities around the globe like St. Petersburg, Russia, and Taipei, Taiwan, with more than 300 events that celebrate design in our everyday lives.

Although the launch isn't officially until December 31, events have already begun worldwide, including the installation of Aamu Song's massive red dress at the London Design Festival and the ecologically thought-provoking "Wonderwater" exhibit in Beijing. There are already some amazing retail events. Objects by both up-and-coming Finnish designers and established brands will be available for the first time in the United States at a week-long pop-up shop at the Museum of Arts and Design, as well as for one month on online retailer Fab.com.

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Sarah Jessica Parker boosts Marimekko’s visibility in the USA

Sarah Jessica Parker boosts Marimekko’s visibility in the USA | Finland | Scoop.it
 Marimekko’s conquest of the US appears to be proceeding promisingly. It’s not just that the company has opened four new Marimekko stores in the United States in recent months as well as the June launch of a web shop specifically intended for US shoppers, fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen around in New York wearing a Marimekko summer frock. The journal Markkinointi ja Mainonta (Marketing and Advertising) reported on her outfit on its webpages.
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Finland from a Teacher's Perspective

Finland from a Teacher's Perspective | Finland | Scoop.it

I was asked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to write an article comparing the US and Finnish education systems; I was pleased to do so. It took me hours upon hours because I wanted to do justice to the comparison. As you already know, I love Finland, its people, and I love what Finns do for their children. I hope I've captured some of this beauty.

Enjoy!

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The United States boosts Helsinki as a regional hub | AmCham Finland

The United States boosts Helsinki as a regional hub | AmCham Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

The US government is opening a USD 125 million business building in downtown Helsinki. The space is a one-of-a-kind tool to enhance trade and investment between the United States and Europe at the center of the rapidly developing Northern European market...

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The Scandinavian-Welfare Myth Revisited

The Scandinavian-Welfare Myth Revisited | Finland | Scoop.it
Obama seems hell-bent on expanding the US welfare state at any cost, and of course no welfare-state debate is complete without bringing up the Scandinavian countries as the example of statism causing prosperity.

 

As the Heritage index shows, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have more economic freedom than most of their European counterparts, including Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and Greece. While the Scandinavian countries do tend to have higher taxes and government spending than most other European states, the other states tend to have more regulation and less efficient and transparent legal systems, which cancel out the positive effects of the lower taxes.

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Finnishing School | Thoughts on Public Education

Finnishing School | Thoughts on Public Education | Finland | Scoop.it

 http://toped.svefoundation.org/2012/01/20/finnishing-school/

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Nokia starts 'new dawn' in the US with two smartphones

Nokia starts 'new dawn' in the US with two smartphones | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish company rumoured to have a marketing budget of between $100m and $200m for its latest push (Nokia starts 'new dawn' in the US with two smartphones: Stephen Elop, chief executive of the Finnish phone maker...)...
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Missing the point: Finland's education success built on no tests, no ...

Missing the point: Finland's education success built on no tests, no ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Our local newspaper, The Dallas Morning News, climbed on the Finland-does-it-right bandwagon a couple of years ago, with several long dispatches from a reporter on the education system in Finland, and how well it works.

 

Government officials flock to Finland today. OECD ratings put Finland near the top of education achievement, on a near-equal footing with Singapore and Shanghai. That this is done with public schools causes brief flurries of hope.

But I gather the policymakers look at Finland, conclude that the lessons cannot be repeated in the U.S., and then move on to find new and better cats-o-nine tails to flog teachers with. Nothing ever seems to come from looking at Finland.

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Testing Around the World

Testing Around the World | Finland | Scoop.it
Education Nation is a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.

 

“Finland has no standardized testing at all,” edu-pundit Diane Ravitch said at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer. “They don’t do year-to-year testing. No high-performing nation in the world does year-to-year testing.”

Doesn’t that sound lovely? Imagine: a mythical land of reindeer, lingonberries and test-free schools. But is it actually true? Do the world’s top-performing school systems disdain standardized tests - and is that part of what makes them great?

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Finntown’s slice of the Big Apple - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Society

Finntown’s slice of the Big Apple - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Society | Finland | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, New York had two Finnish neighbourhoods – Finntowns. We talk to a couple who used to live in one.
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Lessons From Finland: Against “Capital” Values for Education ...

Lessons From Finland: Against “Capital” Values for Education ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland's secret to educational success? Do exactly the opposite of the US. While that might not be written anywhere, that is literally the case. Finland's Teacher-Student ratio in secondary school? About 12-1.
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Finland urged to probe rendition flights - UPI.com

Finland urged to probe rendition flights - UPI.com | Finland | Scoop.it
A human rights groups says Finnish authorities should examine newly released data to determine whether U.S. rendition flights landed in the country.
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Finland must further investigate USA rendition flights | Amnesty ...

Finland must further investigate USA rendition flights | Amnesty ... | Finland | Scoop.it
A number of planes linked to the CIA's rendition programme landed in Finland between 2001 and 2006.
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Finland falls under Halloween spell

Finland falls under Halloween spell | Finland | Scoop.it
Finns have embraced the North American tradition of Halloween and it is
helping costume stores around the country make a killing.
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