Tom of Finland: At the Oppi Festival- learning, laughing, holding hands, crying. Day 1 – Tom Bennett

Finland is, educationally speaking, so hot right now, it’s Hansel. The Finnish miracle has mesmerised and perplexed the world, understandably. Comparisons may be odious, but not in education, where PISA has become either the new gold standard, or this year’s Brain Gym depending on to whom you speak. Everyone wants to know the best way to teach children, of course. Given that large scale educational trials are cripplingly expensive (see: EEF) and require navigating through Great Plains of ethical mine fields, far easier to look abroad where national experiments are already underway, funded and assessed. Finland, along with the tigers of south-east Asia, is the Top Trump in almost every category. Pale-faced educational ministers have plagued it recently, like sailors on shore leave, all of them going home safe in the belief that the lessons to be learned are exactly the ones they want to believe.

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