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What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland about ed reform


As the United States is looking to reform its public school system, education experts have increasingly looked at other countries for examples on what works and what won’t, says Pasi Sahlberg, author of “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?” for the Washington Post. The current administration has turned its attention strong performing foreign school systems. As a consequence, recent education summits hosted in the United States have given room to international education showcases. This commitment to think outside of the box was illustrated two years ago, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan asked for a report titled “Strong Performers and Successful Reforms: Lessons from PISA for the United States,” prepared by a team of analysts — I was one of them — with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). One of the strong performers that is gaining increasing interest in the United States is my home country, Finland. During the last decade, Finland has become the go-to place for education reformers all around the world…

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