The main lesson from Finland is that there is another way to transform current education systems than that based on standardization, testing, accountability and competition. Finland also shows that we don’t need to rely on corporate school reform models to achieve our goals. Finnish lesson is that good policies and overall well-being of people, including poverty reduction, are the corner stones of sustainable educational success.
This passage says a lot.
(from: What Can the U.S. Learn from Educational Change in Finland? (Pasi Sahlberg) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice)