Damn those Finns!

Finlanders are known for their love of reading. Libraries are frequently attached to shopping malls and a book bus travels to remote neighborhoods. Unlike American schools, Finnish schools are equally funded no matter where they are located. Students don't worry about paying for college; it is free. There is competition for specialties like medical school; however, no college has an elite status like Harvard.

Finnish researchers believe that the overall health and preparation of their students before attending school is the primary reason that their students do so well. Health care and college are free and the standard of living in Finland is among the highest in the world.

Okay, I think I get it. All we have to do is provide everyone with free health care, a high standard of living and make college free to improve our school systems. That should be easy enough, don't you think? Remember all kids count.

Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at hurlburt@wildblue.net

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