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Thursday, November 20, 2014

‘The Smartest Kids in the World’

The Huffington Post – John M. Eger

“Amanda Ripley, author of the best-seller The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, says education in Finland was the best in the world…Rather than valuing STEM over the arts like many Western countries, Finland considers the arts to be vital and weaves it through their entire education system…Finns see the “arts as a critical component to creativity.””(more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices…Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.” (more)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school

Politico – Caitlin Emma

“…Finnish students have repeatedly outperformed American students on international tests…The Nordic country uses innovative teaching strategies in the classroom, just generally without incorporating technology.”(more)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Finnish Education Chief: ‘We Created a School System Based on Equality’

The Atlantic – Christine Gross-Loh

“Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted.”(more)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The New SAT Doesn’t Come Close to the World’s Best Tests

Time – Amanda Ripley

“So how does the new SAT compare to the university entrance exam in a place like South Korea, a test-crazed culture if ever there was one? Or Finland — a country that boasts a high school graduation rate of 96 percent (compared to 77 percent in the United States) and, like Korea, scores at the top of the world on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, test (administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)?”(more)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7

NPR – Claudio Sanchez

“Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don’t start school until age 7…Krista Kiuru, Finland’s minister of education and science who met with education officials in Washington recently, chalks success up to what she calls the “Finnish way.” Every child in Finland under age 7 has the right to child care and preschool by law, regardless of family income.”(more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Finland working to expand early education

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“Finland often ranks among the highest-performing countries on international math and reading tests. The Nordic nation gets results despite one surprising fact — compulsory schooling does not start until age 7…It turns out that Finland is also working to expand early education…”(more)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Global Search for Education: Finnish Math Lessons

Investopedia – C. M. Rubin, Cecilia Villabona, & Maarit Rossi

“”The gender gap in math and science achievement in Finland is rather equal between boys and girls. Finns give a strong focus to math and science in elementary grades supported by well-trained primary school teachers with masters degrees who emphasize both the experimental and experiential nature of learning math and science,” states Pasi Sahlberg…”(more)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finland’s Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and the author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?” In this piece he writes about whether the emphasis that American school reformers put on “teacher effectiveness” is really the best approach to improving student achievement.”(more)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

STEM Research Initiative Brings Together U.S., Finland

Education Week – Erik Robelen

“Researchers in the United States and Finland are teaming up on a set of projects aimed at improving STEM education at the K-12 and college levels.”(more)