Finland occupies the number one spot as far as the OECD testing standard is concerned. It’s education system differs in significant ways from Australia and I urge all teachers to watch the interview.
Pasi covers many points including:
1. Equity in education v. Competition
2. Putting trust in schools and teachers to educate
3. Raising the education standard of teachers, as well as pay and status
4. Negative outcomes of state standardized testing
5. Know & Remember v. Creativity
“This creativity aspect is very important because in Finland we believe that risk-taking, creativity and innovation are very, very important for a society like ours. And particularly working in this global and globalized world it is more important than what you actually know and remember, it is more what you are and what you are capable of doing.”” [Pasi Sahlberg]
6. Less is More
Although not specifically covered on the Lateline interview, in Finland teachers have less face to face teaching hours as do students! You can read more about this at David Trusses “Pair-a-Dimes for Your Thoughts” blog post.