Finland: Cooperation, Not Competition, Among Schools

(in Finland) The main
driver of education policy is not competition between teachers and between
schools, but cooperation.

With America’s manufacturing industries now in decline, the goal of educational policy in the U.S. — as articulated by most everyone from President Obama on down — is to preserve American competitiveness by doing the same thing. Finland’s experience suggests that to win at that game, a country has to prepare not just some of its population well, but all of its population well, for the new economy. To possess some of the best schools in the world might still not be good enough if there are children being left behind.

Lots of good ideas in this article but the idea of cooperation instead of competition seems like the best one.