Finland’s education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. The result of their research is captured in a new film, "The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System". In the 60-minute film, Dr. Wagner guides the viewer through an inside look at the world’s finest secondary education system. A life-long educator and author of the best-selling book "The Global Achievement Gap", Dr. Wagner is uniquely qualified to explore and explain Finland’s success. From within classrooms and through interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and government officials, Dr. Wagner reveals the surprising factors accounting for Finland’s rank as the #1 education system in the world.
There has already been a deep look recently at how our education system is failing many kids in the New Zealand Herald's "The Primary Issue" series. Crusading documentary maker and former teacher Bryan Bruce has his own politically and sociology-minded take in an one-off hour-long study which follows his previous Mind the Gap and Inside Child Poverty. In World Class? Inside New Zealand Education Bruce ponders whether the New Zealand state education system, and old methods of learning are causing Kiwi kids to slip in many international rankings. "We can't teach our kids to deal with tomorrow by using yesterday's methods," he says.