ABOUT FINNISH LESSONS
Ever wondered how Finland managed to build its highly regarded school system?
Look behind the headlines to find out what makes it works and how it evolved
Get the insights and facts you’ll need to contribute to building an effective, lower cost educational system at the local, national and global level.
Pasi Sahlberg recounts the history of Finnish educational reform as only a well-traveled insider can. He details how the Finnish strategy and tactics differ from those of the global educational reform movement and of the North American reforms in particular.
Finnish Lessons goes beyond the facts and figures of Finnish education.
Rather than proposing that other nations follow in Finland’s path, Finnish Lessons documents how Finland achieved success without going through the arduous and controversial process of implementing competition, school choice, and test-based accountability.
Here parents, educators and policy architects can gain the insight and facts necessary to constructively participate in improving their schools — even in a tightening economy.
This book is also a message of hope and encouragement for other nations to find their own way to enact educational reform that works.
Winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award in education
- Here is how the Washington Post reported the Finnish Lessons triumph on 28/11/2012
Finnish Lessons on kindle and as audio book in Amazon
Available also in Swedish, Croatian, Dutch, Chinese, Spanish and Greek.
Praise for Finnish Lessons:
“The story of Finland’s extraordinary educational reforms is one that should inform policymakers and educators around the world. No one tells this story more clearly and engagingly than Pasi Sahlberg, who has lived and studied these reforms for decades. This book is a must read.”
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education at Stanford University
“A terrific synthesis by a native Finn, a teacher, a researcher and a policy analyst all rolled up into one excellent writer. Pasi Sahlberg teaches us great deal about what we need to know before engaging in national educational reforms.”
David Berliner, Regents’ Professor in the College Of Education at Arizona State University
“This book is a wake-up call for the U.S. Finland went from mediocre academic results to one of the top performers in the world. And, they did it with unions, minimal testing, teacher unions, national collaboration, and elevating teaching to a high-status calling. This is the antidote to the NCLB paralysis.”
Henry M. Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University and David Jacks Professor of Education and Economics, Emeritus, Stanford University
“Finland’s remarkable educational story, so well told in this book by Pasi Sahlberg, is both informative and inspiring for others because it shows that with appropriate effort sustained over time, a country can make huge improvements for its young people, something that all countries aspire to do.”
Ben Levin, Canada Research Chair, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
“Pasi Sahlberg is the best education policy expert to share the Finnish experiences with the international community. I have known him for decades and this book confirms that he is not only a practitioner but also a visionary that we Finns need when searching for the solutions to our educational challenges.”
Erkki Aho, Director General (1973 – 1991), Finnish National Board of Education
“It is essential also for us Finns to get a balanced analysis what really is behind the success of the Finnish educational system. Pasi Sahlberg as an insider knows what has happened and as a researcher has an objective perspective on cause and effect relationships.”
Olli-Pekka Heinonen, State Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office and former Minister of Education (1994-99)