Award Winning Professor, Educator and Author, Pasi Sahlberg

Episode 149
Pasi Sahlberg is on the path of making the world a better place for everyone. How? By devoting his life to the realm of teaching.

Today’s guest is an award-winning educator and author who originally hails from Finland. He currently resides in Australia, working as a Professor of Education Policy in the University of New South Wales. Meet Pasi Sahlberg.

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Why is play so important in child development, overall learning, and even professional productivity? Let Pasi Sahlberg, once called a School Improvement Activist, give his two cents on the matter.

Here are some important topics discussed in this episode with Pasi Sahlberg:

  • 11:11 – Roadblocks in Education
  • 23:13 – The Power of Play
  • 28:28 – A Little Anecdote
  • 33:08 – Creativity & Innovation
  • 40:52 – The Good Sleep
  • 47:40 – Criteria of Success
  • 49:03 – What is Happiness?
Pasi Sahlberg is a professor not just by profession but also by heart. Why? Because of how earnest he is in making a difference with his life’s work.

For a decade, Pasi Sahlberg has served as a schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policymaker in Finland’s educational administration. He has since ventured out into the world, revolutionising the school system by challenging the “it’s always been this way” mentality.

Pasi Sahlberg was clearly meant to be what he is today for he was born into a family of teachers. His grandmother holds a special place in his heart, for she gave him the freedom to think on his own—something that he’s also a big advocate of. As she once said, “If everybody thinks the same way, nobody probably thinks very much.”

For his lifelong commitment and service to education, Pasi Sahlberg has received awards like the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Resident Fellowship. He also released books, and one of them came out in 2021 titled Finnish Lessons 3.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland.

In this interview, Pasi Sahlberg offers a glimpse of what goes on behind the curtains of contemporary schooling and what we can all take from Finland’s education system, deemed as one of the finest in the world.

Discover more about the incredible work of Pasi Sahlberg by visiting his website.

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