Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bernstein’s Review of Sahlberg’s "Finnish Lessons" #2

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent discussion-list post “Bernstein’s Review of Sahlberg’s Finnish Lessons #2 ” [Hake (2012)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: In response to my post “Finnishing Touches” at, education guru Kenneth Bernstein (aka “teacherken”) pointed out in an EDDRA2 post that he had reviewed Sahlberg’s Finnish Lessons in a Daily Kos article at Bernstein ends his knowledgeable review by quoting Sahlberg:

“As a countervailing force against the global educational reform movement driving school systems around the world, the Finnish Way reveals that creative curricula, autonomous teachers, courageous leadership, and high performance go together. The Finnish Way furthermore makes plain that collaboration, not conflict, with teachers unions leads to better results. The evidence is clear and so should be the road ahead.”

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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“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

REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by and accessed on 26 April 2012.]
Hake, R.R. 2012. “Bernstein’s Review of Sahlberg’s Finnish Lessons #2,” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 26 Apr 2012 09:53:00-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are also being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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