Finnish Lessons: What We Learned from Pasi Sahlberg

By Lisa Guisbond

We all got a taste of Finnish education from Pasi Sahlberg Wednesday night, and boy did it taste good! In describing his country’s approach to school reform, the Finnish educator and author filled First Parish Church with hope and optimism by showing us “some new ideas about what is possible, not just about what is wrong.”

Pasi did not shy away from critiquing the ways U.S. education reform has gone astray. “You are testing your kids too much, it is too expensive, and it has negative consequences for students.” (According to Pasi, an expression I thought was a piece of American folk wisdom is also used in Finland: “Weighing the pig doesn’t make it fatter.” The difference is, in Finland, they take this to heart!)

Pasi described a system that spends less than the U.S. Nevertheless, it gives all schools equitable resources, has well-trained and highly respected teachers, little standardized testing, and recognizes children’s need for play and creative expression.   → Read More

CPS Presents “Educating the Whole Student” | Oct. 17, 2009

Whole Child Conference

Whole Child Conference - October 17, 2009

Citizens for Public Schools is proud to present a conference for parents, students, community leaders, educators, activists, advocates, policy makers, and anyone interested in the education and welfare of our children. REGISTER NOW: IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Location: Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston, MA 02129.
Time: 10am-2pm (Registration opens at 9am) in Lecture Hall C202. Complete directions and parking information are here. Note: Due to construction on Rutherford Ave., enter parking lots via Austin St., opposite the 99 Restaurant.
Cost: $25 registration fee before October 12   *$12 students & seniors

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided for Conference Registrants

Also Featuring: Keynote speaker Deborah Meier and Dr. Louis Kruger’s insightful documentary about the failings of the MCAS, which will be screened before and after the conference.

Registration: Please click the Donate Now button below and select “October 17 Conference” to register for the conference.

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