Bernie Sanders: What can we learn from Finland?
Bernie Sanders held a town hall in Vermont a couple of years ago, where he invited Pekka Lintu, the ambassador from Finland, to come and talk a little bit about their society. Free schooling [through graduate school], free child care, nearly-free health care, 30 days paid vacation and 10 national holidays every year, 10 months paid maternity leave, virtually no poverty at all, kids score high on math and science tests, a very egalitarian society, and a very competitive economy.
The weather kinda sucks though.
I haven't made it all the way through the video yet. So far it's been about 30-40 minutes speaking by Sanders and Lintu, and now a Q&A session [~47 minutes into the 100 minute video].
~46:00 -- The school system: The curriculum is less rigid than ours [teachers have a lot of say in their individual curricula]; like teachers the world over, they'd like a higher salary; there's less than 5% difference between the lowest-performing and the highest-performing schools.