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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I'm not sure who this book is for. It doesn't seem to be for educators or instructional designers, and it is too vague for much use in policy considerations. Perhaps education boards could glean some insight from it on how to treat teachers.
What do you think your next listen will be?
The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?
While I am not a huge fan of the narrator's performance , the performance is sufficient such that I would listen to another book narrated by him if the topic was of interest.
What character would you cut from Finnish Lessons?
Any additional comments?
I was disappointed by the lack of meat in the book. I understand that large systems can be difficult to understand, but despite the book's title, there aren't really any lessons here with one important exception. Thus either:
a) the author doesn't have a clear understanding of the aspects that make Finnish education so remarkable (correlation is not the same thing as causation)
b) the author doesn't communicate those reasons well, or
c) the reasons behind Finnish success in education aren't well-understood in general.
I haven't done a lot of extra research on the topic, but I get the feeling that the last reason is the correct one. That's no fault of the author, but it does mean the book should have a different title. One thing that is fairly clear is that a cultural expectation that teachers should perform at their best as professionals and be masters of their discipline most likely makes a major impact on the quality of education.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Pasi Sahlberg does a great job telling the story of how Finland went from the so-so quality category to the world's most admired public school system. Although high teacher quality is the bedrock, there are many cultural characteristics that woven together, encourage learning. Nonetheless, there are lessons we all can learn here. The text is a bit burdened with policy speak...talking about reforms and outcomes, rather than using more action oriented words like change and results.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
An intriguing look at the Finnish Education model. Although the system is not far from that of the UK where I teach it has some fundamental and striking differences that allow Finnish students to flourish and Finnish teachers to do the job they are paid to to do - teach!
Would you listen to Finnish Lessons again? Why?
This is a must audio book for any teacher in any country. It is impossible to get it all fully understood in one session. This audio book must be listened to again and again
What did you like best about this story?
Re-enforces my own beliefs and pedagogy
What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
An Amercian (or is that I'm a Rican) accent as I do not have an american accent in my head.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?