Finland’s education ambassador spreads the word

6 Jul

Pasi Sahlberg was Finland’s chief inspector of schools
… until it was decided teachers did not need Ofsted-style surveillance. Now his job is global spokesman for the Finnish message.

“Pisa is not what we are about. League tables are not a good measure of a school system. We never aimed to be the best in education, only to have good schools for all. Equity came before a ‘race to the top’ mentality.”

“Ask Finns about how our system will look in 2030, and they will say it will look like it does now. We don’t have many ideas about how to renew our system. We need less formal, class-based teaching, more personalised learning, more focus on developing social and team skills. We are not talking about these things at all.”

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