Recently, when speaking about the pinnacle of an education system, many bring up Finland as having an enviable system that consistently creates devoted teachers that have led to a country with an average high school graduation rate of 93%. But these impressive results don't come by treating teaching as a subpar profession, which has become the norm in many American schools and universities. Unlike in America, Finnish teachers are drawn from the top 10% of their college classes. They must earn a minimum of a master’s degree before applying for a job, and when they do apply, the competition is stiff. Once they are employed, Finnish teachers go through a yearlong teaching apprenticeship and, if they succeed, are required to devote two hours a week to professional development throughout their careers. Finnish teachers are permitted to try out almost any innovative method they prefer, so long as they meet certain general curriculum standards. They also collaborate freely to help students with challenges and share what they learn with one another. So how do we work to reform the broken American system? Joel Klein has some answers in his write-up in the WSJ.