PISA-badge-of-honour or lifelong-learner-skills: Which do we value more?

There was such a flurry of edu-activity this week, headlines like these shouted from the pages of newspapers, or the modern-day media news equivalent: “China’s poorest students outperform <insert modern developed nation>’s wealthiest in international maths test” For example... UK: TES and The Independent Canada’s: The Globe and Mail As I was driving home one …

Finland “only country…students leave…innovation ready” a big call. Some thoughts from my own experiences

"...it is the only country where students leave high schools “innovation ready” I have visited schools in Finland on numerous occasions now. I have found a hardworking nation - the community, its students and teachers - with a commitment to attaining high educational outcomes. Finland is definitely a nation the ‘punches above its weight’. But, …

Are governments just polishing the chrome on the 1965 vehicle, when we need to design a new hybrid model?

Over the past few years 'education' in the media followed politicians announcing large-scale projects. The Australian Government’s 2009 GFC stimulus package, ‘Building the Education Revolution’, was more of a building program and the 2007 ‘Digital Education Revolution’ (Year 9 1:1 laptop program) was an election promise that seemed to misunderstand the future technology needs for …

Australia’s educational reform: Becoming the Creative Country and the Clever Country #my5pointplan

When you are climbing the ladder of success, make sure it is leaning against the right wall. Education is on the political agenda this week in Australia. In the media our PM, Julia Gillard has been quoted as championing: A national crusade, a chance for change, education transforming the life of every child. This can be achieved, …

Reflection on the Finnish education system: More questions than answers #SCIL

Having spent a little time in Finland I have gained an impression of the educational culture and the system's achievements. Educators from all over the world are travelling to Finland to learn from their PISA success. Some to try and improve their own country's outcomes, while some nations are keen to topple them from the …