Finns have the best education system and no private schools

posted Jan 1, 2012, 8:09 PM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Jan 5, 2012, 11:30 AM ]

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

DEC 29 2011, 3:00 PM ET 772

The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.


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Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West's reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most of the discussion seems to be missing the point.

The small Nordic country of Finland used to be known -- if it was known for anything at all -- as the home of Nokia, the mobile phone giant. But lately Finland has been attracting attention on global surveys of quality of life -- Newsweek ranked it number one last year -- and Finland's national education system has been receiving particular praise, because in recent years Finnish students have been turning in some of the highest test scores in the world. the rest at the Atlantic site.