About Finland's school success… and about what America keeps ignoring

Thi is an excerpt from an article by Anu Partanen in The Atlantic:  Read the full original article in The Atlantic

The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.

Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West’s reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most of the discussion seems to be missing the point. […]

Finland’s schools owe their newfound fame primarily to one study: the PISA survey, conducted every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The survey compares 15-year-olds in different countries in reading, math, and science. Finland has ranked at or near the top in all three competencies on every survey since 2000, neck and neck with superachievers such as South Korea and Singapore. In the most recent survey in 2009 Finland slipped slightly, with students in Shanghai, China, taking the best scores, but the Finns are still near the very top. Throughout the same period, the PISA performance of the United States has been middling, at best. […]


This article is a good reading to introduce some of the aspects that will be discussed in IX International Seminar of the UNESCO Chair in e-Learning, which will take place in october 2012 . Mark your calendar: October 4-5, 2012. More info soon…

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