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Finnish education reform

What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland

As the United States is looking to reform its public school system, education experts have increasingly looked at other countries for examples on what works and what won’t. The current administration has turned its attention strong performing foreign school systems. As a consequence, recent education summits hosted in the United States have given room to international education showcases. This commitment to think outside of…

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Four questions about education in Finland

Q: What is the purpose of public education? Public education guarantees every child good basic education and equal opportunities to further learning. Public education also equalizes the differences that income inequalities and other socioeconomic characteristics create to different learners. In brief, public education is basic human right and basic service to all children and their families. One of the key factors behind Finland’s…

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How can research help educational change?

Educational research and data are often used in a selective manner in policy-making and education reform designs. Some employ PISA data to shame and blame public education systems but not in educational change architecture to overcome the designated problems. For example, in the United States, some education reformers use PISA rankings to make their point that the U.S. public school system is falling behind the others and at the…

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Global Educational Reform Movement is here!

In FINNISH LESSONS: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland? I conclude that rather than introducing sequential educational revolutions, Finnish education policy has been built upon periodic change and systemic leadership led by commonly accepted values and shared social vision that resonate closely with contemporary ideas of sustainable educational change. Importantly, the main features for developing a equitable,…

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Finland’s educational success is no miracle

Finland’s stellar results for the first cycle of pisa in 2000 and for each subsequent cycles of the triennial international test have dramatically altered domestic, as well as international opinion. Educators at home and abroad have been forced to assess what Finland does differently. What may come as a surprise is that Finland has neither engaged in researching its own, unique reform measures, nor generated change-knowledge…

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