Inside Finland’s renowned education system with school improvement activist Pasi Sahlberg.
INTERVIEW OF PASI SAHLBERG
West: From PRI, Public Radio International in Princeton I’m Cornel West.
I am blessed and delighted to be joined by the one and only Brother Pasi Sahlberg who is Director General of the Center for International Mobility and Cooperation which is part of Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture. Any time we say Finland these days people think of excellence in education, No. 1 in education.
What is it about Finland that somehow allows their precious young people to flower and flourish, and yet here in America so many of our precious young folk are going under...
European Commission - Press releaseEuropean countries need to step up efforts to boost reading skills, study saysBrussels, 11 July 2011 - One in five 15 year olds and many adults in Europe cannot read properly.
written by Todd Beach Have you ever read the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? The author, Robert Fulghum, composed a poem of simple yet essential lessons ...
In reading Finnish Lessons what was most apparent to me is that there is very little which is revolutionary surrounding the profound success of the Finnish education system. The ideas applied surround a shared set of values, which are embraced by the Finnish people. Indeed the ideas are simple and modest, similar to the tenets proposed by All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
The Finns are a modest people who readily accept their responsibility to care for and educate their children. When the Finnish Minister of Education was asked if their goal from the outset was to become the best in the world, she replied, “For us, its enough to be ahead of Sweden.”
But what may be most ironic about the Finnish phenomenon is that many of the pedagogical changes, which teachers adapted and incorporated into their planning and instruction were developed, practiced and researched in the United States. And here we are today looking at the Finns with education envy.
Education historian Diane Ravitch, writing about her trip to Finland, explains that the Finnish school system is amazing — even though students there don’t take a standardized test until their last year of high school.