Alan Lishness – Indigenous Innovation: How Small Places can Change the World

I’ve read about this information about the Finnish schools before, but it is nice to have it all collected into one talk. My thanks to Adam Burk for sharing it.

How does Finland do so much better than the US in education? They do everything differently.

Almost no standardized testing, well prepared teachers, huge respect for the teaching profession, professional autonomy for teachers, competitive entry system for teachers, a system controlled from the bottom up, and a much reduced emphasis on competitiveness in their education system.

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2 Comments

  • Courtney Williams wrote:

    Hello, my name is Courtney Williams. I am a student at the University of South Alabama, and I am majoring in elementary education I am also currently in EDM 310. This is a very interesting point, Finland does profoundly better in school than the US. Why? It seems to me they do everything opposite that we do. Such as mentioned standardized testing, and well prepared teachers. I agree that teachers should be well prepared. I know from personal experience that there are some bad teachers who do not know what they are doing, nor did they care. I also had great teachers who inspired me to be a teacher, I think it would do a lot of good for our schools if we had better trained teachers who did not just have to teach the standardized test.

  • David Wees wrote:

    Training is pretty key to be good at any job really, or at least sustained learning. Courtney, here is some advice as you enter teaching; never stop learning.

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