William Doyle is a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar who joined the faculty of the University of Eastern Finland last year as a lecturer on media and education. He has enrolled his 7-year-old son in a Finnish public school and has been dazzled at what he has seen.
“The striking lessons of Finland’s long-term success with education reform can help inspire and be adapted by any school system in the world,” author William Doyle writes in this Washington Post column. “They involve concepts much admired by education reformers in the United States — standards, rigor, competition, choice, assessments and standardization — but defined correctly and applied at the correct points in the system.”
Among the concepts, he writes, is that Finland puts professional educators in charge of education. After all, he writes, “They are the ultimate experts on childhood education, not bureaucrats, politicians or technology vendors.”