Health And Equality Are Necessary For Educational Competitiveness

 EXCELLENT article.  Thanks to Jawara for forwarding this link.

 Obama is constantly holding forth about the need for America to achieve educational excellence – like Finland, which is top-ranked in the world.  But a recent article in the Washington Post by Finnish educational leader Pasi Sahlberg makes clear that his country’s success is rooted in a comprehensive national system that strives for equity – for equality of access to resources for all Finland’s people. The United States, with the most striking social inequalities among the rich countries of the world, is simply not equipped to benefit from the Finnish model, and will never be until the U.S. is transformed as a society.

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