Real Finnish Lessons: The True Story of an Education Superpower

(Centre for Policy Studies, 2015)

Book Forum
November 16, 2015
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium
A one-on-one conversation featuring Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, Research Director, Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education; and Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.

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Finland’s top scores on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) have prompted policymakers worldwide to seek the source of that nation’s seemingly meteoric shot to prominence and to replicate its policies. Standard explanations for Finland’s rise include its focus on equity and the absence of standardized tests, accountability, and market-based reforms such as school choice. But Finland’s growth began well before the policies credited for its success, and its PISA scores have recently been in decline. Real Finnish Lessons explores the role of Finland’s complicated and unique history in its educational trajectory and shows the powerful role of Finnish culture in the country’s success. Please join us as we tackle Finland’s rise, decline, and the deeper explanations needed to make Finland’s experience truly informative for all nations.