I had an interesting meeting with the opposition party's Ankara area education sector this week. The meeting was related to Teacher's day that fell on 24th November in Turkey this year. The party had different education related activities for the whole week. My turn was on Wednesday afternoon.
The opposition is not the only sector interested in our education system. It seems that the interest in Finnish education has enormously grown this year. I get more and more requests from different schools and institutes to come and tell about "The Finnish success" and to discuss "how education stakeholders in Turkey could benefit from our experiences". Sometimes, I feel like I’ve been asked for a magical wand: A Finnish Education Wand. Whip, here we go!
However, teaching and learning are greatly shaped by the context where education takes place. Different contexts give different constraints and different opportunities. In our case, the context is Finland; Turkey as a context is quite different. Context is not, however, an excuse not to do something, but understanding the context is critical to success. So is understanding the education philosophy the education provision is based on. These ideas have created fruitful discussions in the education events...
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