An intriguing book is Anu Partanen’s ”The Nordic Theory of Everything.”
After marriage she became an American citizen, but still longed for the freedom she had in Finland — freedom from economic worries. Education there is seen as a basic human right, and the wealth and race of parents cannot be a predictor of a child’s success.
In America, funding schools through property taxes results in disparity because some areas are wealthier than others. Finland provides free daycare and education through college. Because Finland invests in its teachers, children perform better than in the United States in all areas of study. The Finnish have taken the best ideas from America and incorporated them in their curricula.
The immense debt that college graduates face affects all economics, such as the purchase of a home, new car and other goods. Finns knowing there’ll be daycare and health insurance encourages new businesses and families. No younger persons must care for elderly parents unless they choose to; as elder care is also provided, making better relationships.
Factor in the expenses of social benefits and persons in Finland spend less than U.S. taxpayers. What the U.S. needs is not bigger government but smarter government.
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