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

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Sun Jan 4 17:32:01 UTC 2015

Dear Fred,

Thanks for this.  It is important for counter-narratives about the Nordic 'models' to circulate as well.  I look forward to reading your book.  On a separate yet related note, it is interesting to see that the Swedish narrative of the country as a model of pluralism is being challenged more and more in the international press:


I'm reminded of a fascinating book that is now almost 15 years old: Even in Sweden by Allen Pred.



From: edling-bounces at bunner.geol.lu.se [edling-bounces at bunner.geol.lu.se] on behalf of Fred Dervin [fred.dervin at utu.fi]
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2015 16:45
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Subject: [Edling] Re: What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

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/

New books (2013):
*Cocoon Communities (with Mari Korpela, CSP)
* Le concept de culture - Comprendre ses détournements et manipulations (L'Harmattan)
* Linguistics for Intercultural Education (with Tony Liddicoat, Benjamins)

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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