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What’s So Great About Schools in Finland? | MindShift

In a school system, cooperation builds momentum and success, for student learning and for teacher professional development.

  • There are too many divergent factors for that to happen. Finland’s population is about 5.3 million, while there are more than 300 million residents in the U.S. But even more importantly, the culture around competition is vastly different. There’s a distinct distaste for unabashed competition. “You know, one big difference in thinking about education and the whole discourse is that in the U.S. it’s based on a belief in competition,” Sahlberg said. “In my country, we are in education because we believe in cooperation and sharing. Cooperation is a core starting point for growth.”

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