New and comprehensively updated edition of Finnish Lessons will appear in January 2015. The first edition that was published in November 2011 has had an unbelievable journey. It has been translated into 16 languages so far and counting. It won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award issued by the University of Louisville, KY, and took me to span in Parliaments of European Union, Scotland, England, Australia, New Zealand and Latvia. I have…read more
Some things you should know about..
INTERNATIONAL LESSONS FROM SUCCESSFUL EDUCATION SYSTEMS
Wednesdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm
A-317 COURSE DESCRIPTION
The performance of education systems has become a common indicator of success or failure of nations’ prosperity. Educational performance…read more
I am honoured to teach two courses next academic year about international education at HGSE. in the fall semester 2014 there will be a repeater of A-317 that I taught this past spring. In spring 2015 semester I offer a new course for graduate and doctoral students titled “The Teaching Profession Around the World”. Here is a brief initial introduction to that program.
There are two parts in this course…read more
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…read more
Rise Above the Mark is a documentary narrated by Peter Coyote that brings to light the heartbreaking realities of public education. It’s the story of what happens when politics enters the classroom.
Public schools are boxed in by current corporate reforms. Rules and regulations restrict vision, depreciate funding, demoralize teachers, and turn students into test-taking machines, robbing them of time to foster creativity.… read more
My HGSE course “International Lessons from Successful Education Systems” is looking at what we can and can’t learn from those education systems that have been able to successfully reform themselves so that both quality and equity of learning outcomes are high. The course syllabus includes study of some of those countries that have become successful reformers and high performers recently. South Korea, Japan,…read more
I will teach a course (number A-317) at Harvard Graduate School of Education) this spring titled “International Lessons from Successful Education Systems to graduate and doctoral students of Harvard University. This course explores the question of what counts as credible evidence in education policy learning and whole-system school reforms. In this course I will be working with my students to bring more light into the…read more
I am delighted and excited to work as a Visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education from January 1st, 2014 for the period of three semesters. My teaching focuses on high performing education systems and how we can (or shouldn’t) learn from them. It will include transportability of educational change ideas, teachers education, professionalism…read more
Education historian Diane Ravitch once supported education reform, but now she sees it as a series of “mistaken policies” that have corrupted public schools.