Finland - Education

Guiding Questions

1. What reforms in the Finnish education system are you most interested in investigating while in-country? 

2. What has surprised you the most about the Finnish education system based on the readings and video? 

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Pasi Sahlberg on Collaboration, Teacher Voice,and Equity

Introduction to Education in Finland

Finnish Lessons

Articles & Essays

Five Strategies American Teachers can Learn From Their Finnish Counterparts, by Heather Singmaster, EdWeek, 2017

Global Education Reform: How Privatization and Public Investment Influence Education Outcomes, edited by Frank Adamson, Björn Åstrand, and Linda Darling-Hammond, 2016

Privatization or Public Investment in Education?, by Frank Adamson, 2016

FreshEd with Will Brehm Podcast: How Privatization and Public investment Influence Education, 2016 

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) - Global Education Reform, 2016 

When Finnish Teachers Work in America’s Public SchoolsHow Finland Built, The Atlantic, 2016

 the World's Most Admired Education System

What's So Special About Finland, The Atlantic, 2016

Improving Schools for Every Student, The Huffington Post, 2016

What is going on in Finland? – Curriculum Reform 2016 Finnish National Board of Education, 2015

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How The Huffington Post, 2015

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland The Atlantic, 2015

Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different The Guardian, 2015

Helsinki University to possibly cut 1,200 jobs, save 86m yle UUTISET, 2015

Finland’s Educational Focus: Well-Being + Deep Learning, Knowledge Works, 2015

Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality' The Atlantic, 2014

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore "The Answer Sheet," The Washington Post, 2014

Finland puts flexible holidays ahead of longer school days The Conversation, 2014

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play The Atlantic, 2014

10 Questions for Aila: An interview with a Finnish teacher "Big in Finland" blog, 2013

What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland about ed reform "The Answer Sheet" The Washington Post, 2012

Why Finland's Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World  Business Insider, 2012

What Americans keep ignoring about Finland's school success The Atlantic, 2011

What We Can Learn From Finland's Successful School Reform Linda Darling Hammond, NEA.org, 2010


Find Your Own Finland, Google Blog, 2016

Finnish National Board of Education