All this week, MSNBC is focusing on education and education reform. One of the things I keep hearing from the talking heads is how great Finland’s school system is.
Now, Finland’s population is a little over five million people — TK of them in Finnish schools. By contrast, New York City’s public-school enrollment is TK million.
Maybe, just maybe, what works in a tiny country with a homogeneous population won’t work in the United States? For instance, how many kids in Finland are enrolled in “Finnish as a Second Language” courses?