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Sarjala, Jukka – American Educator, 2013
For the past decade, Finland has been lauded for consistently being a top performer on international assessments of student achievement. Having spent 25 years in the Ministry of Education, and then another 8 as director general of the National Board of Education, the author was heartened by these accomplishment--but he is also concerned about how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Core Curriculum, Educational Cooperation, Best Practices
Sahlberg, Pasi – American Educator, 2012
International indicators show that Finland has one of the most educated citizenries in the world, provides educational opportunities in an egalitarian manner, and makes efficient use of resources. But at the beginning of the 1990s, education in Finland was nothing special in international terms. The performance of Finnish students on international…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Opportunities
Sahlberg, Pasi – American Educator, 2011
Since Finland emerged in 2000 as the top-scoring Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nation on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), researchers have been pouring into the country to study the so-called "Finnish miracle." How did a country with an undistinguished education system in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Training, Foreign Countries
Munson, Lynne; Bornfreund, Laura – American Educator, 2010
This article presents the authors' critique of lessons proposed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). The authors initiate a discussion about content that they hope will play out in schoolhouses and statehouses across the country. They take on a different task: they present a handful of lesson ideas from P21 that could enhance studies…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education