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Pasi Sahlberg Conversation Series

A series of talks about the Australian education sector

Influential writer, practitioner and researcher of global education trends, Pasi Sahlberg presents a series of conversations with passionate national and international education thought leaders discussing the Australian education sector.

In the Utzon Room | Talks & Ideas, Creative Learning

"If we all think the same way, none of us probably thinks very much."
Pasi Sahlberg

A series of conversations about the Australian education sector 

Influential writer, practitioner and researcher of global education trends, Pasi Sahlberg presents a series of conversations with national and international thought leaders sketching the rationale and urgency for reform of the Australian education sector.

Sahlberg believes that while we may boast some of the best schools in the world by international standards, we equally tolerate a system that enables some students to experience significant disadvantage. Professor Sahlberg wants to initiate a conversation with the Australian community about how this can be addressed.

In these conversations, Sahlberg will lead dialogues on the role of wellbeing, equity, policy and the importance of play for children. These conversations will be directed by audience participation and will actively engage guests in thinking deeper and broader about the current problems of education.

Presented by Sydney Opera House


The education conversation Australia has to have

Finnish educator and author Pasi Sahlberg writes on the chasm of inequality that exists in the Australian school system.

More about Pasi Sahlberg...

Pasi Sahlberg is an author, scholar and educator who has worked as a mathematics and science teacher, teacher-educator, research and policy-maker in Finland. He has studied education systems and advised on education system reforms around the world, publishing over 170 academic and professional articles and 22 books on the topic. His most recent book is Let the Children Play! How more play will save our schools and help children thrive (with William Doyle, 2019). He has held numerous advisory roles in international organisations like the World Bank, the European training Foundation, and has been education policy expert to the OECD, European Commission and Finnish Governments Foreign Ministry and numerous others. 

His research concludes that Australia has schools that are up there with the best in the world; but we tolerate a system where some students experience significant disadvantage. As part of his work as Professor of Education Policy at the Gonski Institute, Pasi Sahlberg, along with former NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, wants to initiate a conversation with the Australian community about how this disparity can be addressed, leading dialogues on international standards, policy and the importance of play for children.

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