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Rebel Dreams

Reading about education reform these past few weeks has left me feeling a bit bewildered! Especially concerning the “Finnish Way”and how it relates to “Foreign Innovations.”

Going into Finnish Lessons, I anticipated reading about some revolutionary new ideas. I expected ideas so radical from those I know that my mind would be changed right away. I expected to form a brand new concept of what is needed to correct the struggles facing our country’s education system right now.

I was surprised to read this:

Many foreign observers have been surprised that they see only a few originally Finnish innovations practiced in classrooms. A closer look at the origin of Finland’s current pedagogical models, school improvement practices, and education innovation in general reveals another intriguing characteristic of Finland’s schools: Many of the innovations that have made Finnish schools blossom can be traced back to other countries, often to the United…

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