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The library’s balcony is a place from which citizens can look over to Parliament at eye level. A symbolic gesture to show the equal importance of education and politics in Finnish society.

Beyond PISA: The Real Secret to Finland’s Success That No One Talks About

There is no shortage of headlines citing Finland as being the best education system in the world, so I was incredibly excited and curious to visit as part of our Global Executive EdD program at the University of Southern California. Through the program we visit different countries around the globe to learn about their education systems and the context within which they operate — what’s working and what’s not working and how can we learn from the work others are doing to apply to our own practice.

As part of our visit we had the opportunity to meet with non profits, start ups, primary and secondary schools, universities, government officials and tour a number of different sites. …


I am deeply optimistic that this election will be the catalyst we need to bring the change so many desperately seek. In leading design thinking workshops for schools and organizations, I can say with 100% confidence that by spending time engaging in meaningful conversations and activities, we can be the change we wish to see.

This election outcome has highlighted many gaps that exist within our system. The burden of the election outcome rests on the shoulders of many. However, before we can begin to move forward, each of us, as individuals and as members of our respective professions need to examine where we went wrong. As an educator, I believe our outdated educational system failed people. …


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This is the driving question behind the work that I do with students.

Often times when we hear a statement like this, we interpret it as meaning all students must become entrepreneurs. However, there’s another way to look at this. In the book Linchpin by Seth Godin, (a must read for every young person today) he explains that a linchpin is a pin passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position. …

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