Renowned Finnish Educator & Scholar
Pasi Sahlberg is a professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world. Read More >
American schools are lagging behind most others. American children spend much less time in school than children elsewhere. And yet more tax-payer money is spent on education than in other countries. These are all myths that have created a sense of crisis among American parents and employers. In this presentation, Sahlberg argues that American schools are blamed for things that are far beyond their control and that they way forward would be to accept that schools need more resources to help all children to succeed. The purpose of this presentation is to bust prevalent myths about American education and suggest concrete steps any school, community or state can take to make American education better. Read More >
“Finland is often used as a benchmark for school reforms. This conversational talk explains some harmful myths and presents the key facts about what Finnish schools do and why.”
“Big data was supposed to fix the schools, but it didn’t. This presentation explains what big and small data are using a narrative of conversations at the system-level around what data is actually needed to build confidence and trust within the public to demonstrate that an education system is flourishing.”
“Several international declarations, appeals by national associations of pediatrics, and grass-root movements insist that play needs to be part of daily life of every child. This talk paints a picture of the state of play in children’s lives around the world and suggest seven concrete steps bring play back to schools and homes. Read Less ^
Education reforms in the United States look intensively for the next great innovation that would unlock the door to school improvement. Billions of dollars have been spent each year on innovation through special programs, initiatives, structural changes and research. In this presentation, Sahlberg argues that it is the overemphasis on innovation that prevents American education system from learning from its rich past and from other countries. The way forward, therefore, requires that education policies and reforms in the United States build more on ideas and innovation that have made other education systems bloom, most of those are American ideas anyway. The purpose of this presentation is to bring new perspectives to American education and hope to those who think there is nothing to do to improve education for all children.