Jun 262012

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.

hand holding diploma

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?


  • Peter Cook

    Will we learn from this? In a word, no. We are wed­ded to ‘clip­board edu­ca­tion’ where there are more people watch­ing the teach­ers than there are teach­ers. In spite of politi­cians say­ing every child mat­ters, we are headed towards ‘exam factor­ies’ in the UK. If I did not have kids, I would leave for Scand­inavia immediately.

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