What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?

By Pasi Sahlberg

fl_coverEver wondered how Finland managed to build its highly regarded school system? Look behind the headlines and find out.

Finnish Lessons┬áis a firsthand, comprehensive account of how Finland built a world-class education system over the past three decades. The author traces the evolution of education policies in Finland and highlights how they differ from those in the United States and other industrialized countries. Rather than relying on competition, school choice, and external testing of students, education reforms in Finland focus on professionalizing teachers’ work, developing instructional leadership in schools, and enhancing trust in teachers and schools. This book details the complexity of educational change and encourages educators and policy makers to develop effective solutions for their own districts and schools.

Pasi Sahlberg recounts the history of Finnish educational reform as only a well-traveled insider can, offering the insight and facts necessary for others to constructively participate in improving their schools — even in a tightening economy.

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One thought on “What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?

  1. We like the Finnish model (have been studying and evaluating it for some time) and note with dismay that it sharply contrasts with what billionaire Bill Gates (with lots of help from politicians of all stripes) is doing to our schools.

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