AMPS listserv member Lisa Pugh sent out this article from the recent U.S. News and World Report about why the Fins are leading the world in educational success for their students while also having the smallest achievement gap in the world.
What are they doing that we could learn from? They have:
— Scrapped their tracking system and developed heterogeneous classrooms grades 1-9;
— Given local schools great autonomy in choosing supplies, curriculum, etc.
— Kept class size relatively small.
— Offered universal preschool.
— Made teaching a high-status, advanced-degree profession to equip and attract the best teachers.