Summer 2009 Retreat

Summer 2009 Retreat

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Journal 16: Lessons From Finnish Education-George

For this assignment, I thought to myself: to be the best, why not learn from the best. With this in mind, I googled, "the best education system in the world." Lo and behold, "Finland" popped up in the search result. Last year, Finland was deemed the best education system in the world based on the scores in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) taken by the country's teenagers. This was not the first time that the Finnish Education was regarded as the best. How do a Finnish education work?

-Efficient Implementation of ideas without any politics
-Teachers teach the same cohort of students, essentially "growing" with the students
-Country perceive development of education as "nation-building"
-Decisions are made by teachers and educators and never by business professionals-turned educators.
-Have standardized exams frequently only for confidential evaluation and never released to the public
-Have a nationalized curriculum but with no government intervention on pedagogy
-Marry the belief that education is about cooperation and sharing, not competition (US)

Here is an interesting comment that should give us more perspective on a US education:

"The Hechinger Report: How did Finland do it? Sahlberg: Most educational ideas that we are employing are initially from the United States. They're American innovations done in a Finnish way. You know, in the United States, there are more than enough ideas, there's superior knowledge about educational change and you speak a language that has global reach. "


No comments:

Post a Comment