Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 31st, and join us at the Polk Theatre in downtown Lakeland from 6:30-8:30 PM as we glean valuable knowledge from Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, former Director General at The Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland.  Sahlberg was a visiting Professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and he is an expert in his field regarding the educational system in Finland, and why it is considered superior to those throughout the rest of the world.

Dr. Sahlberg’s book, “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland,” is a best seller and explains in detail how the Finnish approach to teaching children outshines the global educational reform movement.  Some stark differences in the Finnish system compared with the educational model through most of the Western world include:

  • Children do not start school until they are seven years of age, and then are not measured (by assessments, tests, or other means) for the first six years of their education.
  • Science classes in Finnish schools are capped at around 16 students to allow for practical experiments to be performed by each student on a regular basis in class.
  • Elementary students in Finnish schools get an average of 75 minutes per day in recess.
  • The national curriculum serves as only a broad guideline.

These differences, along with many more, are why we are fascinated with the Finnish school system and their educational model, and look forward to hearing what Dr. Sahlberg has to say in his presentation.  We encourage you to come out for this event hosted by All Saints Academy and take the opportunity to learn about bettering the current and future education system here for our own children.