Pasi Salhberg, Director of the Finnish Ministry of Education’s Center for International Mobility speaking at the Teachers College of Columbia University, The Atlantic.
Finland’s students perform well, ranking among the highest in the world because all of their students are granted the tools to perform well. Homogeneous nations are not plagued with grave social disparities that detract from the total achievement of its pupils. Even still, Finland’s education program remains the most stand-out model in the West.
Why? Equity, not excellence persists as the modus operandi.
Yet one of the most significant things Sahlberg said passed practically unnoticed. “Oh,” he mentioned at one point, “and there are no private schools in Finland.”
There it is.