See Dr. Sahlberg’s post-PISA comments for what the US can’t learn from Finland by clicking here.www.washingtonpost.comFinland comes up in nearly every conversation about education reform these days. What, it is asked, can the United States learn from Finnish educational success? The question has been asked and answered so often that it’s time to flip it: What can’t the U.S. learn from Finland? A Finnish education expert tells us.
Read Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Speech - in which he coined the phrase “Winning the Future” - by clicking here.www.whitehouse.gov
See the full text of Obama’s speech at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 2010www.whitehouse.govAs America fights to recover from the economic catastrophe that began almost three years ago, the President reminds us that America had already been falling behind, and that as we rebuild, we have to rebuild even better than we were before
In the 2010 PISA results, the U.S. comes out as an average performer in reading (rank 14 in OECD, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ) and science (rank 17) but the U.S. drops below the OECD average in mathematics (rank 25).
Also, there is a very wide gap between the top 10% and the bottom 10% of 15-year olds in the U.S, similar to that observed between top and bottom performing PISA countries.www.oecd.org
Milton Friedman (pictured here)'s quote taken from Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrinewww.naomiklein.org
PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, was launched by the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in 1997. For more, click here.www.oecd.org