Conservative critics say Finland’s size makes it an irrelevant example for school reform in the US, but they also stymie wrap-around services that also help kids succeed whether in Finland or America. And those essential social safety net services are a crucial part of Finland’s success as well as its excellent teacher training system.
From Finland, an Intriguing School-Reform Model
Critics say that Finland is an irrelevant laboratory for the United States. It has a tiny economy, a low poverty rate, a homogenous population — 5 percent are foreign-born — and socialist underpinnings (speeding tickets are calculated according to income).