By Florence Armein. In his book, “Finnish Lessons,” Pasi Sahlberg, one of Finland’s most celebrated educators and scholars, stated that educational systems are facing a twin challenge: how to change schools so that students may acquire new types of knowledge and skills required in an unpredictably changing world, and how to make sure that new learning is accessible to all young people irrespective of their socioeconomic condition. 
Finland is no stranger to these twin challenges. Since the early 1990s, Finland worked steadily at reform, taking off from a system that barely met international averages to one counting among the leading educational systems today. More...