The biggest difference in education here and in Finland

From the first ever international summit on teaching, here is the fundamental behind their success:

In a statement rarely heard these days in the United States, the Finnish Minister of Education launched the first session of last week’s with the words: “We are very proud of our teachers.” Her statement was so appreciative of teachers’ knowledge, skills, and commitment that one of the U.S. participants later confessed that he thought she was the teacher union president, who, it turned out, was sitting beside her agreeing with her account of their jointly-constructed profession.

Beyond Finland’s homogenous population and beyond their relatively higher standard of living, this fundamental respect for teachers and what they do, for education and what it brings to a society, to me, is the foundation for why they continue to lead the world.

Read more at the Washington Post.




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