Activist & Education Director Pasi Sahlberg brings what he has learned from the education system in his native Finland to United States' parents, teachers an...
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SPOILER ALERT: I recommend this video HIGHLY.
That's a spoiler alert? Well sort of.
I wanted to start this entry with two warnings about the serious challenges I found in watching this talk, but didn't want to scare anyone off.
The first challenge is the speaker's, shall we say, uhm... slow start? He seems a bit uncomfortable, speaks as though he's not sure what he wants to say and doesn't mention the intriguing word "GERM" in the video title until what was probably only a few minutes into the video, but he managed to make it feel as though it were "many" minutes. I got extremely close to clicking the close box.
But that word "GERM" kept me tuned in long enough to finally hear him get around to what I had come around to watch. And, it was extremely interesting.
He had warmed up, found a comfort zone, sliped in a few funny because I sort of like corny jokes, jokes.
By the time he finished his talk, I couldn not help but think that the case he builds "against" the Global Education Reform Movement merited some significant consideration.
Those of us who are proud of the work we've done in pursuit of Education Reform and still believe that there is much more to do than has been done would be well served to to watch, contemplate and wonder where in our efforts the case built in this video fits.