What’s the Deal with Finland?

This piece from the Atlantic is worth repeating, repeating, repeating !!!

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success

 

December 29, 2011

 

The Atlantic

 

Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West’s reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most of the discussion seems to be missing the point. …

 

Yet one of the most significant things Sahlberg said passed practically unnoticed. “Oh,” he mentioned at one point, “and there are no private schools in Finland.” …

 

The answers Finland provides seem to run counter to just about everything America’s school reformers are trying to do.

 

For starters, Finland has no standardized tests. The only exception is what’s called the National Matriculation Exam, which everyone takes at the end of a voluntary upper-secondary school, roughly the equivalent of American high school. …

 

The problem facing education in America isn’t the ethnic diversity of the population but the economic inequality of society, and this is precisely the problem that Finnish education reform addressed. More equity at home might just be what America needs to be more competitive abroad.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-ignoring-about-finlands-school-success/250564/

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  1. Finland also has a VERY high adult literacy level (about 99%) versus the US.

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