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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pasi Sahlberg Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ever wondered how Finland managed to build its highly regarded school system? Look behind the headlines and find out.

Finnish Lessons is a firsthand, comprehensive account of how Finland built a world-class education system over the past three decades. The author traces the evolution of education policies in Finland and highlights how they differ from those in the United States and other industrialized countries. Rather than relying on competition, school choice, and external testing of students, education reforms in Finland focus on professionalizing teachers’ work, developing instructional leadership in schools, and enhancing trust in teachers and schools. This book details the complexity of educational change and encourages educators and policy makers to develop effective solutions for their own districts and schools.

Pasi Sahlberg recounts the history of Finnish educational reform as only a well-traveled insider can, offering the insight and facts necessary for others to constructively participate in improving their schools—even in a tightening economy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The story of Finland’s extraordinary educational reforms is one that should inform policymakers and educators around the world. No one tells this story more clearly and engagingly than Pasi Sahlberg. This book is a must-read.”

    Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University

  • “This book is a wake-up call for the United States. Finland went from mediocre academic results to one of the top performers in the world. And they did it with unions, minimal testing, national collaboration, and elevating teaching to a high-status calling. This is the antidote to the NCLB paralysis.”

    Henry M. Levin, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • “A terrific synthesis by a native Finn, a teacher, a researcher, and a policy analyst all rolled up into one excellent writer. Pasi Sahlberg teaches us a great deal about what we need to know before engaging in national educational reforms.”

    David Berliner, Arizona State University

  • “Finland’s remarkable educational story, so well told in this book by Pasi Sahlberg, is both informative and inspiring because it shows that with appropriate effort sustained over time, a country can make huge improvements for its young people, something that all countries aspire to do.”

    Ben Levin, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

  • “Pasi Sahlberg is the best education policy expert to share the Finnish experiences with the international community. This book confirms that he is not only a practitioner but also a visionary that we Finns need when searching for the solutions to our educational challenges.”

    Erkki Aho, director general (1973–1991), Finnish National Board of Education

  • “Pasi Sahlberg, as an insider, knows what has happened and as a researcher has an objective perspective on cause and effect relationships. This story makes sense to me.”

    Olli-Pekka Heinonen, director, Finnish Broadcasting Company and former minister of education

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Antonija | 10/6/2013

    " Liked the book very much and definitely recommend it, especially to my college mates. I'm feeling a bit disappointed, though, because I realize that education system in my country is not likely to get anywhere near the one in Finland. I hope I will be proven wrong :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason Downey | 5/7/2013

    " Good information, but badly written and often repetitious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pablo Molina | 5/1/2013

    " The book could be better written, but my five star rating is solely based on the content of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zjjohnston | 4/22/2013

    " While not always a captivating read, Finnish Lessons has much to offer about improving education. One basic message: repeating or indeed increasing previous strategies is not going to dramatically improve things--in fact it is unlikely to have any positive effect at all. "

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