Vragen van Edusceptic bij geloofwaardigheid van Pasi Sahlbergs
Sahlberg is al een
paar jaar Fins onderwijsambassadeur (= propagandist van Fins onderwijsparadijs).
Op de onderwijsblog
van prof. em. Diane Ravitch reageert eduscpetic op de voortdurende
loftuitingen van Ravitch aan het adres van Sahlberg en de door Pasi gepropageerde
onderwijsvisie. De Amerikaanse prof.
Ravitch behoort van de fanclub van Pasi Sahlberg samen met prof. Andy
Hargreaves. Deze 3 mensen drukken in hun
tweets bijna dagelijks hun onderlinge bewondering voor elkaar uit.
Edusceptic reageert vandaag op een bijdrage op de blog van
Ravitch: Pasi Sahlberg Explains Finnish Philosophy of Education to Rhode Island
van eduskeptic :
NOT MANY FINNS agree with Mr. Sahlbergs interpretations.
Mr. Sahlberg please identify the Finnish body that authorized you to speak
about national education system. For such high-level representation, some
guarantees of accuracy are required.
2.Reply dianer ravitch
I dont think Pasi Sahlberg needs to get government approval
to describe Finnish education. Did he get government approval to write a book
about Finnish education. I write about U.S. education and I dont have
government approval. That is called censorship.
kritiek van eduskeptic
Some guys use such enticing language about a favorite topic
that we tend to believe them instinctively. Then we form opinions on the basis
of what they say. Some of the people that are currently ruining US education
sound just as attractive as Mr. Sahlberg when they praise TFA.
Finland is not a country that many people know, so the
influence of one photogenic spokesman has had quite an effect. Please consider
-Which references does Mr. Sahlberg cite for the description
of the Finnish system, its policies and labor effects? -Which data does he use other
than international tests? -In which peer-reviewed journals has he published
about these topics? -What do credible academics (or even Finnish embassy staff)
think of his pronouncements regarding their system?-How credible is this work
in Finland? Which entities finance his travels around the world?
Finland is a very
minor issue in this debate of course. The centerpoint is willingness to believe
people who sound very confident about issues people know very little. This how
industrialists who masquerade as philanthropists manage to run the US education
School systems of any country are like the elephant that
blind people are trying to describe. ANY conclusions are possible, and reams of
books are written on this basis. Similarly admiring conclusions have been
written about the US system. And if you read them, you would not recognize the
The issue of course is not Finland. It is the speakers,
financiers, and your conclusions after hearing them. Thats because nothing is
left to chance in the big privatization game. If you dig a bit into the
financing sources, you may be surprised.