Just watched a CNN special on education Finland and South Korea are at the top Not sure how I feel about the South Korea program as the children study from 8am to sometimes midnight which I don t think fosters creativity and pragmatic skills that are needed to succeed However Finland ranks number one in science and two in math They spend less time in the classroom, don t start school until they are 7 and yet excel much than the rest of the world They say their key is the best teachers only 1 in 10 get into a Master s teaching program and are viewed in the same class as doctors and no standardized testing They evaluate their teachers constantly but also reward them At the same time they do not have the same problems we have in America, mainly poverty and the amount of children that grow up in poverty After working in schools that have disadvantaged kids, I am interested to read Wow, I finished this book the other day and was quite impressed It does, however, really chafe me as a teacher to know that we have a messed up system in the US and are really not interested in making the long term commitment to fixing our problems It must come from being the biggest although I realize I cannot quantify that statement spend and throw away society in the world Like so many resources, we Americans just keep throwing away and buying something newer or seemingly better with no understanding how to use or respect what we have bought We need to stop saying that we are investing in our kids and then chop arts and critical thinking programs We have to embrace the profession of education as an honorable profession and put into place serious changes to the way we think about academic growth and child develo
I ll save you some very dry and repetitive reading by suggesting you go directly to chapter 5 of the book the last one and you ll get all the relevant info in a nicely condensed form with some helpful ideas for the future development of education The rating isn t lower because the author argues for a different approach to education than a strictly competetive one where teachers and students are constantly graded and ranked, which does not help to actually improve student learning, but only pushes teachers to focus on exams Smaller classes and specialised help in class for students with special needs is sound logic as well.
I already see some of the ideas the author describes in Finnish schools implemented in my ow Pasi Salhberg in Finish Lessons What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland doesn t pretend to have a universally applicable solution to the problems we face in providing effective learning opportunities But the wonderfully produced snapshot he provides of the Finnish school system and its support of vocational training is something none of us can afford to ignore If we re at all interested in seeing how the top ranked education system worldwide produced its successes, we re in the right place with Finnish Lessons This is not a book that is useful only to those in academia The descriptions of a learning system that eschews a single minded emphasis on testing and explores, instead, ways to engage all learners and provide them with communities of learning that produce results, touches any trainer teacher learner It s a fabulous approach to the wicked If you want to learn about THE alternative to the high stakes testing, competition and privatization regime that has invaded American education, please read this book Every educator should read this book Dr Sahlberg gives a great explanation as to how Finland s collaborative and equitable approach to education provides better outcomes than the business management schemes favored by the so called education reformers As Dr Sahlberg cautions, not all of the features of Finland s education system may translate well to other nations, but America can still learn something from the Finns The crux of the matter is that the U.
S needs to get back to treating education as a public good, not as a commodity Teaching must be treated as a respected profession that requires a high standard My word, this book was dreadfully dry The writer is a product of the Finnish school system, so I suppose that is one Finnish lesson I got He did mention that interesting tid bit about how Fins don t like small talk, illustrating the point with a story of how two Finnish friends after a long absence met up at a bar and after the 4th beer, one of them said cheers at which the other retorted Did we come here to talk or drink Yeah, Fins don t strike me as the most friendly and cheery lot But yeah, this book could have been a magazine article and nothing would be lost He mentions things like how Finland was once average, but now there are on top showing there is hope for America which keeps doing the same idiotic thing hoping for different results, if it repents and goes the way of Finland Finland he says has less test less home work, less
Ok so I really liked parts of this book There were a lot of facts that hit me hard Graduation rates in the us being around 75% compared to Finland s 93%, for example There were a lot of interesting insights and the window into a significantly different culture was really fantastic can you imagine The most able and talented individuals go into teaching.
Now why does it get 2 stars It was dry Dry, dry, dry I love reading, but I got through much of this book in 5 10 page chunks.
Worthwhile, but definitely not pleasant.
Lessons Is A First Hand, Comprehensive Account Of How Finland Built A World Class Education System During The Past Three Decades The Author Traces The Evolution Of Education Policies In Finland And Highlights How They Differ From The United States And Other Industrialized Countries He Shows How Rather Than Relying On Competition, Choice, And External Testing Of Students, Education Reforms In Finland Focus On Professionalizing Teachers Work, Developing Instructional Leadership In Schools, And Enhancing Trust In Teachers And Schools This Book Details The Complexity [Pasi Sahlberg] È Finnish Lessons [sex-work PDF] read Online ☆ Of Educational Change And Encourages Educators And Policymakers To Develop Effective Solutions For Their Own Districts And Schools I picked it up after Pasi Sahlberg came to town to speak I couldn t make it out that evening, but put the book on hold right away Why I finished it Painfully dry as dust introduction almost did me in.
Soon enough, though, I made it into the actual book and quite enjoyed it The ideas behind success in Finnish schools raised plenty of great questions in my mind, not only about the shape of US schools but also in my own teaching.
The last two chapters were back to the slog, though So, 5 stars for the middle content and making me think Two deductions.