I'm glad Stephen did this, because I don't have the time or patience to pick apart Newsweek's lame ed reform analysis. When the international comparisons start flying, you know you're in for some bullshit. My red flag went up when they followed the economic competitiveness argument with a criticism of Germany's educational system. Of course, most people don't know that Germany is the world's leading exporter, still.
And I'm totally down for converting our entire system to be exactly like Finland's. Let me know when we're starting.
Also, it is interesting how the "achievement gap" rhetoric in Toronto is different (and similar) to the rhetoric in the US. Somehow it doesn't put my teeth on edge the same way.