Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Look to Finland for the answers to tough social questions

"Its students are also the best in the West, achieving extraordinarily high scores in a triennial survey for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). According to Anu Partanen, a Finnish journalist writing in The Atlantic: 'Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the programme that Finland instituted, resulting in so much success today, was never excellence. It was equity.'"

Finland is no shangrila.  The weather is cold. The people are cold to strangers.  There's not a lot of diversity.  But still, you have to admit, they are enviably good at social systems.  It's time to learn from the experts.

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