Finland education expert discusses New Zealand schools
Thursday 4 Oct 2012 8:37 a.m.
Finland is one of the top-ranked countries in the world when it comes to education.
Visiting education expert Pasi Sahlberg says they have achieved that status by choosing a different path to the one New Zealand is heading down right now.
“If you look at the international evidence, not only from Finland but from all the high-performing education systems, they have not tried to improve and develop their education systems by introducing charters,” says Mr Sahlberg.
According to Mr Sahlberg, introducing ranking systems is also a bad idea.
“Whenever teachers in schools are put in competition against one another it will reduce the co-operation and sharing of ideas that again seems to be a critical element in all these high-performing countries,” he says.
Watch the video for Firstline’s full interview with Pasi Sahlberg