Finnish education:: High achievement, high graduation rates, highest literacy rate in the world. Made possibly by:: Minimal standardized testing, Small teacher/student ratio, Integrated classrooms, emphasis on physical activity, and respected educators.
I read this for an Education class. It is an inspiring book for teachers. Rafe Esquith gets young students in a tough inner city school to believe in themselves. They participate in challenging tasks and produce remarkable work. His students are very successful.