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Improve overall school performance from start to Finnish! Finland’s consistent performance in international student assessments has caused much curiosity in recent years. Educators around the world are exploring what Finland does well and how they remain at the top. Pasi Sahlberg has hosted multiple delegations of educators in Finland seeking ideas and tools to apply to their home districts, and has determined real change can begin with four uncomplicated ideas. Focusing on leading learners, this book considers topics like: • Physical activity is crucial for substantial learning • Enhancing equity is an essential component of success • Embedding ideas into your current leadership practices takes perseverance Finland’s particular brand of leadership culture in education is an ideal model for improving educational performance anywhere

Avoid Urban Legends About Finnish Schools
Avoid Urban Legends About Finnish Schools

Interest in international borrowing and lending of educational ideas sometimes leads to wrong conclusions and inappropriate expectations regarding the power of those borrowed ideas (Waldow, 2017). There are several incorrect ideas about what Finnish education is and what it isn’t that can be very harmful if not understood properly. Many people who saw Michael Moore’s film Where to Invade Next probably remember that the biggest lesson from the Finnish schools to America was “No Homework.” Many people also have concluded that Finnish children have school days that are shorter than elsewhere. Then there are those who believe that Finland’s educational excellence is the result of the country’s lack of cultural or ethnic diversity. ...

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