From Business Insider, Tuesday, November 27, 2012. See http://www.businessinsider.com/finlands-education-system-best-in-world-2012-11 . Our thanks to Mike Martin for drawing out attention to this article.
Why Finland's Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World

By Adam Taylor 

A new global league table, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit for Pearson, has found Finland to be the best education system in the world.

The rankings combined international test results and data such as graduation rates between 2006 and 2010, the BBC reports.
For Finland, this is no fluke. Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, the country's school system has consistently come in at the top for the international rankings for education systems. [See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/education/from-finland-an-intriguing-school-reform-model.html?src=me&ref=general ]

But how do they do it?

It's simple - by going against the evaluation-driven, centralized model that much of the Western world uses.

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to take a tour of one of the most successful education systems in the world .

There are 27 slides with captions giving important information [Source: NYTimes]

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