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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

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