I’m reading another fascinating book, Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg. He tries to answer questions we have about what makes Finnish schools so successful on international tests. The words that stick out for me are:
Especially trust–as parents and students trust teachers, and vice versa. Educators are esteemed. It’s a wonderful profession there. For me–as I write about and work in our special education system, which is, alas, built on distrust–that word rings huge.
If you’re not into reading the entire book, Mr. Sahlberg was featured recently in two articles, one in the New York Times and one in The Atlantic.