In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools

Norton. Mar. 2021. 240p. ISBN 9780393714005. $25.95. ED
Finnish educator Sahlberg (Finnish Lessons) and American teacher Walker (Teach LikeFinland), both of whom have experience teaching in Finland and the U.S., argue that Finnish education succeeds because it is based on trust—in schools, in teachers, and in students. They write that Americans, on the other hand, tend to mistrust their government and schools. U.S. education is dominated by standardized tests and administrative oversight, but teachers in Finland are granted professional respect and autonomy. The book includes school-based case studies that highlight the mentoring, extensive training, and collaborative approach that shape Finnish schools. The authors rely on vignettes and classroom examples to support their conclusions.
VERDICT For all readers, especially educators and parents, seeking a persuasive explanation for the excellent results of Finnish schools.
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