Schools in England, like those in the United States,
under an increasing burden of testing
and assessment designed
to improve quality and to enforce
some version of national standards.
Look at the success of Finland.
few tests on its students
but has consistently performed well
in exams of the Program for
International Student Assessment,
organized by the
Organization for Economic Cooperation
the association of free market democracies.
Perhaps English and American parents
and policy makers
should look at Scotland.
Education in Scotland has long been run
differently from the rest of Britain.
While schools in England encouraged
students to specialize,
Scottish schools traditionally aimed
for a greater breadth of knowledge.