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ERIC Number: EJ982374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Quality and Equity in Finnish Schools
Sahlberg, Pasi
School Administrator, v69 n8 p27-30 Sep 2012
Schools everywhere vary little with regard to the subjects they teach, the classrooms where students learn, and the students' opinions about school. They do differ significantly in one area, however: the way they address the inequalities and diversity their students bring to school. For the small, agrarian, and relatively poor nation of Finland, educating all of its youth equally well was the best way to catch up to other countries in the industrial world. Since the early 1970s, education policies have made equality of educational opportunity the key driver in Finnish education reform--an imperative that addresses human rights and economic concerns. In this article, the author discusses quality and equity in Finnish schools and shares how Finland's school system ensures all students have access to quality instruction, minus the constant standardized testing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland