Beware Finland

Dana Goldstein draws out attention to this somewhat absurd Ed in '08 ad warning that unless we heed their message of reform, Finland will bury us:



Among other things, as Dana says, this kid down at the yacht club is probably going to do fine: "the American children most in need of school reform aren't white kids standing on docks (like the boy in this commercial), but rather the rural and inner-city children whose schools have the fewest resources and who tend to be taught by the least qualified teachers." But beyond that, Finland is a model for skeptics of the education reform agenda, not its proponents -- its a country whose stellar educational results are founded on a comprehensive social democratic framework that extends far beyond the school system. This is what the "Broader, Bolder" people are supposed to be talking about not the school reformers.