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A Different Kind of Lesson From Finland

Chester Finn & Brandon Wright, Education Week, November 6, 2015 Finland has been lauded for years as this planet’s grand K-12 education success story, deserving of study and emulation by other nations. The buzz began with its impressive Program for International Student Assessment results in 2000, which stayed strong through 2006. Educators hastened to Helsinki from far […]

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What Minnesota can learn from Finland’s schools

Hector Garcia, Star Tribune Commentary, December 11, 2012 – Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education released data showing that Minnesota placed last among all states in the four-year high school graduation rate of Hispanic students and in the graduation-rate gaps between white students and both Hispanic and Native American students. The gap between black and white […]

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U.S. Math, Science Achievement Exceeds World Average

Erik W. Robelen, Education Week, December 11, 2012 – The math and science achievement of U.S. students continues to surpass the global average for nations taking part in a prominent assessment, results issued Tuesday show, but several East Asian countries and jurisdictions far outpace the United States, especially in mathematics. The most striking contrast comes in […]

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A New Conversation about Public Education

Marita Bujold, Twin Cities Daily Planet, October 25, 2012 – It seems to me that you cannot turn on the radio or read a newspaper today without hearing someone repeat this line ”public education is broken – a failure”. A few days ago, I heard this claim from a prominent local leader. He followed his statement […]

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What can Minnesota learn from Finland’s education system?

Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio, October 23, 2012 – Minnesota education experts and officials have often looked to Finland for guidance or hints on what a great education system looks like. Finland and Minnesota both have about the same size population, with around 5.3 to 5.4 million residents. What’s Finland doing that Minnesota is not? Pasi […]

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Finns find school success in opposite direction

Steve Brandt, Star Tribune blog, October 19, 2012 – The Finn who literally wrote the book on that nation’s stellar education system was in Minnesota again this week. Pasi Sahlberg didn’t argue outright that the high-stakes testing and accountability push that’s in vogue in this state and nation won’t work.  But he demonstrated that by taking the […]

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‘Mr. President, public education in the U.S. is on the wrong track’

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, April 24, 2012 – This is the text of an open letter written to President Obama by Mary Broderick, president of the Arlington, Va.,-based National School Boards Association, a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their member districts. The letter, sent earlier this month to the president, asks for a national dialogue […]

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Lessons from Blackwell and Finland: Equity is the superior growth model

Maureen Ramirez, Growth & Justice, February 19, 2012 – Angela Glover Blackwell is one of the nation’s leading voices on poverty and inequality, and her national think tank, PolicyLink, provides a wealth of data and best practices for moving people out of poverty, and improving lives for middle- and lower-income households, and communities of color. Blackwell was in […]

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What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success

Anu Partanen, The Atlantic, December 29, 2011 – The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence. Sergey Ivanov/Flickr Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the […]

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School ‘Reform’: A Failing Grade (book review)

Diane Ravitch, New York Review of Books, September 2011, Volume 58, Number 14 Eli Reed/Magnum Photos Children on the playground of Fairbanks Elementary School, Springfield, Missouri Books Reviewed Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools by Steven Brill Simon and Schuster, 478 pp., $28.00 As Bad as They Say? Three Decades of Teaching […]

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