Lessons for Finland – as simple as they sound?


January 24, 2013 by brookesprimarypgce

I follow a blog by an Australian educator called Greg Whitby. His most recent blog has raised interesting issues about how education systems attempt to cherry pick ideas from other education systems: http://bluyonder.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/sew-your-own-success/

He refers to a great article about the Finnish education system: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/c-m-rubin/finland-education_b_2468823.html

Ideas? Thoughts?


One thought on “Lessons for Finland – as simple as they sound?

  1. Andrea Wooldridge says:

    I think that Pasi is correct in her assessment of ‘cherry-picking’ of the best bits of education systems globally, and the fact that each government does not take into consideration the various differing socio-cultural attitudes, expectations and norms. In my humble opinion, the view of teaching and learning in Finland is of collaborative learning in a way that benefits the collective rather than teaching and learning for a individualistic society that places emphasis on the importance of the individual.

    I like the reccommendations of 3 universal implications to improve education as they focus on putting the support in school’s; on the importance of a balanced, broad curriculum for the holistic development and a universally recognised standard of teacher training. An example of the third development was particularly emphasised by a trained Fijian teacher friend, whose qualifications and experience of teaching are not recognised in this country.

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