Finland, with its 5.5 million residents and 2 million saunas, is an unlikely source of inspiration for countries around the world when it comes to student achievement. But the small Nordic nation has risen to the top of international comparisons in recent years, and a Dec. 8 seminar at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C., attempted to answer the question of why Finnish kids are so smart.
The event came just a day after the release of the of the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which confirmed the strong performance of Finland’s schools, along with the merely average showing of U.S. students. continue reading

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