One of the key messages of this book is that unlike many other contemporary systems of education, the Finnish system has not been infected by market-based competition and high-stakes testing policies. The main reason is that the education community in Finland has remained unconvinced that competition and choice with more standardized testing than students evidently require would be good for schools. The ultimate success of a high-stakes testing policy is whether it positively affects student learning, not whether it increases student test scores on a particular test. If student learning remains unaffected, or if testing leads to biased teaching, the validity of such high-stakes must be questioned. Finnish education authorities and especially teachers have not been convinced that frequent external census-based testing and stronger accountability would be beneficial to students and their learning.Based on this paragraph alone, I can think of many people who would have a vested interest in ensuring that educators around the world would never read Sahlberg's book. For many, this book would prove to be ideologically inconvenient.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Finnish Education System in 2011
Pasi Sahlberg writes in his book Finnish Lessons: