Samuel E. Abrams summarizes the key differences between the Finnish and U.S. systems in an easy to understand but thorough article. Abrams shows that U.S. policy and education practice can learn from Finland's support for play in childhood, their approach to teacher development, the presence of active learning for students in all grades, and very little standardized testing with recognition that testing narrows the curriculum and drives out creativity.
Author: Samuel E. Abrams
Abrams, S. (2011). The Children Must Play: What the United States could learn from Finland about education reform. The New Republic.