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Why Not the Best Schools? The Finland Report

Why Not the Best Schools? The Finland Report by Toni Saarivirta
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The Finnish education system has come a long way from its beginnings. It has led Finns to a point where we can bask in the light of good results in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests of 2000, 2003 and 2006. Nevertheless, formal tests can always be criticised. We can question if these tests measure the ‘right’ issues, how they should be further developed and so on. International standardised tests give us indicators to compare education systems in different countries and, therefore, they are important when looking at different ways to carry out similar activities, such as schooling, within several countries. Finland’s way has been to offer publicly funded schooling for all citizens, which conveys the nation’s broad and positive attitude towards learning. It has been recognised in Finland that through comprehensive schooling in basic education, people can attain equal rights and opportunities to support them in planning for the future. Basic education is seen as a valuable asset that belongs to all.
Australian Council for Educational Research; January 2009
45 pages; ISBN 9781441605979
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Title: Why Not the Best Schools? The Finland Report
Author: Toni Saarivirta