Finland's repeated success in national education rankings suggests there are at least a few lessons the US can learn.
For one, the tiny Nordic country places considerable weight on early education. Before Finnish kids learn their times tables, they learn simply how to be kids — how to play with one another, how to mend emotional wounds.
But even as kids grow up, the country makes a concerted effort to put them on a track for success.
Here are some of the biggest ways Finland is winning in global education.
1. Competition isn't as important as cooperation.