Sunday, April 22, 2012

Finnishing Touches

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent discussion-list post “Finnishing Touches” [Hake (2012)].

The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: There have been several recent posts regarding the evidently exemplary Finnish educational system on the discussion lists Physoc at and Math-Teach at These threads were stimulated by, respectively, Al Bartlett’s Physoc post “Education in Finland” at and Jerry Becker’s Math-Teach post “What it takes to cross the Finnish line” at

Is this just Yogi Berra’s “deja vu all over again”? - see e.g., “Could the U.S. Put Finnishing Touches on K-12?” by Hake (2005b) at .

Probably not, because material by evidently well-informed Finnish writers is cited by Becker: Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by educator Pasi Sahlberg (2011) - see , and “What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success” by journalist Anu Partanen (2011) at

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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“The story of Finland's extraordinary educational reforms is one that should inform policymakers and educators around the world.”
Linda Darling-Hammond, quoted at

“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, quoted at

REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 22 April 2012.]

Hake, R.R. 2012. “Finnishing Touches” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 22 Apr 2012 11:28:54-0700 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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