I am honoured to give this year’s R.W.B. Jackson lecture at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Here is the abstract of that talk:
The quality of teaching and educational change are major areas of public concern in Canada and around the world. Today many governments in search of a panacea to improve educational performance turn to teachers, believing that if only they could attract ‘the best and the brightest’ into the teaching profession, the quality of education would get better. In this year’s R.W.B. Jackson Lecture, Dr. Pasi Sahlberg argues that having better teachers in schools will not automatically improve students’ learning outcomes and that teachers alone cannot overcome the societal issues affecting children’s opportunities to learn. Following a brief introduction to teacher policies in Finland, Dr. Sahlberg puts forward an intriguing question: Why the quality of Finland’s education system can exceed the quality of its teachers.
Location: Isabel Bader Theatre
Recording of the event is available after registration here: https://webcasts.welcome2theshow.com/OISE