Everyone in American politics agrees that educational reform is a high priority, or at least necessary on some level, but the means to accomplish such reform is hotly debated. In seeking solutions policy-makers have wisely sought to learn from the success of others. The perennially successful powerhouse of public education in the western world is . . . Finland!
What is the secret to educational success? Competitive school systems? Higher pay for teachers? Elimination of a tenure system that doesn't reward good teaching?
In a fascinating article from The Atlantic, "What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success," Finnish journalist Anu Partanen observes the surprising source of Finland's educational success is equal access to a quality education for everyone.