Pasi Sahlberg

In this short interview, Finland education expert Pasi Sahlberg describes some important lessons Hawaii and the US can learn from the Nordic country's approach to schooling.

Hawaii Independent Staff

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar. He gave several talks in Honolulu recently, sharing lessons that Hawaii’s education system can learn from Finland. On his short list: a long time horizon for educational reform efforts; a highly competitive, attractive educational profession (with “ten times more applicants than we can let in,” he says); and a highly integrated special-needs education system.

Underlying their efforts since the early 1970s, though, is a Nordic philosophy of social equity, which he discusses in this short cut.

Ikaika Hussey interviewed Mr. Sahlberg at a Waikiki hotel.

Click the play button below to hear the interview clip.