Do you feel sometimes that what you are claiming about Finnish education is a little bit exaggerated? Do you sometimes regret having said something about it?
Not really. I am researcher and policy analyst who looks at education in Finland and elsewhere from an international perspective. I try to do that objectively and honestly through my own extensive practical experience as a teacher and teacher educator. It sometimes happens that people don't understand what I say or write that may be because of my poor way to communicate of issues about Finnish education, or it may be because we have very different frames of minds against which we make sense of things we see or hear. I don't regret what I have said about education in Finland. Sometimes I think I should have said or written things in clearer or more detailed ways. I admin that I together with most of my colleagues in Finland have learned much more about our own education system and what has made it what it is. There are, of course, some things that I and others have said less than we probably should when discussing Finnish education, like the role of society and other public policies in improving education, education or lack of it among minorities in Finland, or the role of emerging social challenges in Finland today. People from outside of Finland sometimes think that what they hear about Finnish education is exaggerated because many things are very different in Finland. I try to be as objective and true as I can within the approaches I have on understanding education in Finland or elsewhere.