Saturday, February 4, 2012

What's up with Finland?

Have you noticed there seems to be a buzz about Finland's education system? In this session, we'll take a look at some of Finland's education policies and reforms that have helped them become one of the best education nations in the world.

We will examine Finnish Lessons on:

  • Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Teacher preparation
  • Curriculum (personalization vs standardization)
  • Homework
  • Equity
  • Poverty
  • Demographics
  • Economy
  • Accountability vs Responsibility
  • Teach Less, Learn More
  • Test Less, Learn Better
For more on Finland, check out these posts:

Paradoxes of Finland Phenomenon

Sahlberg's Ten Big Ideas on Finland

What Finland has *not* done

Irmeli Halinen on Finnish Curriculum

Pasi Sahlberg on Finland and Alberta


Finland's Paradoxes

What Americans keep ignoring about Finland's school success

The Children Must Play

TedTalk on Finland

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  1. Joe,
    I was wondering whether ( I could be wrong) the high proportion of Finnish kids move on to vocational training impacts on the educational system - my guess is that it would be less orientated to testing and getting kids to matriculate and more about teaching real skills that people need in their lives

  2. There are some attributes to the Finns that are peculiar, arguably unique, even amongst the Nordic nations. Many of my friends are Finns; they seem to react and respond to debates, events, situations differently (more thoughtfully and calmly) than many of my non-Finn friends.

    This diagram I pictured from a book about the nature of Finnish people may be of interest:


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