[Edling] Re: What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

Fred Dervin fred.dervin at utu.fi
Sun Jan 4 15:45:08 UTC 2015

Dear colleagues
The vision of Finnish education as expressed by P. Sahlberg in the article is one narrative that is being largely contested at the moment. Please refer to my book written in French called La meilleure education au monde? Contre-enquete sur la Finlande (The best education in the world? A review of Finland - 2013 L'Harmattan). This ethnography examines how doxic and ready-made and mostly unfounded 'truths' about Finland have been constructed as part of the Nordic country's national branding strategy.
Best wishes

Fred Dervin
Department of Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Finland
Website: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/dervin/

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Jan 4, 2015 kl. 16:50 skrev Francis Hult <francis.hult at englund.lu.se<mailto:francis.hult at englund.lu.se>>:

Washington Post

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

In recent years the “no excuses”’ argument has been particularly persistent in the education debate. There are those who argue that poverty is only an excuse not to insist that all schools should reach higher standards. Solution: better teachers. Then there are those who claim that schools and teachers alone cannot overcome the negative impact that poverty causes in many children’s learning in school. Solution: Elevate children out of poverty by other public policies.

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