Linking a couple of ‘riffs’ from previous posts — education + technology — this post ponders whether Finland’s remarkable educational achievements over the last 40 years have any relationship to the use of technology.
In a recent presentation at the Houses of Parliament, Dr Pasi Salhberg shared “Finnish Lessons”, demonstrating the success of an education path diametrically different from that being taken in the UK…goodness, they abolished the schools inspectorate! And rather than taking the road of competition and standardised testing, they’ve taken the road of parity. Now Finland tops the international league tables.
And what part has technology played in this?
One of the 5 key Finnish Lessons was that we need “greater emphasis on pedagogy and less on technology.”
In the UK, technology is now frequently touted as the solution to problems. Seems it’s rather the mechanism through which a flawed system is being transmitted.
Will we learn from this?
Or from any of the other Finnish Lessons?