Finland is often studied as the model of education for all countries. Various education delegations come visit Finland every year to see what is it that they are doing right? But the lingering questions are: Does Finland hold the answer to all of world’s educational problems? Can the system be replicated with success?
Here are some additional resources for you to consider in pondering these questions. Please use the “Discuss” section at the end of the course to post your thoughts.
Inside Finland's education system (4:28) – equal education for all, foreign language focus
Finland's education success CNN report (5:31) – less time in the classroom, quality of teachers, less testing
Dan Rather Reports - Finland Education (8:15) – expanded view of teacher’s role in schools
Finland - Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education (18:53) – historical and policy perspective on Finnish educational system
Finnish schools are funded on a national level with equal distribution for all schools regardless of location while schools in the US are funded at the district level specifically tying resources with the taxes collected by the specific region rather than the country as a whole. Bill Gates raises a concern about the squeeze that state budget deficits will have on education in his Ted Talk titled How state budgets are breaking US schools (11:32).
Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons, spends his time educating foreign nations about the Finnish educational system. You may review his presentation here Pasi Sahlberg: "Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?" (1:19:28).
Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? - Smithsonian Magazine, Sept 2011
The Children Must Play - New Republic, Jan 2011
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