The Madeleine Brand Show for January 9, 2012

Why Finland's schools keep coming out on top

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As the US lags in education, students in Finland are doing well despite spending less time in the classroom.

It's been 10 years since "No Child Left Behind" was signed into law. And yet many schools are still struggling to meet the goals set forth by that program. Perhaps the US could learn something from Finland. Students there get very little homework and spend relatively few hours in the classroom. And yet they're regularly ranked as some of the smartest kids in the world. What's the secret to Finland's educational success?


Anu Partanen recently wrote about the Finnish school system for The Atlantic.

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