Not all education reform is the same. There is a different model:
This is what The Finnish Way looks like:
The Fourth Way is a way of inspiration and innovation, of responsibility and sustainability. The Fourth Way does not drive reform relentlessly through teachers, use them as ﬁnal delivery points for government policies, or vacuum up their motivations into a vortex of change that is deﬁned by short-term political agendas and the special interests with which they are often aligned.Rather, it brings together government policy, professional involvement, and public engagement around an inspiring social and educational vision of prosperity, opportunity, and creativity in a world of greater inclusiveness, security, and humanity ( Hargreaves & Shirley 2009, p. 71).
In the Fourth Way of Finland, teachers design and pursue high quality learning and shared goals and improve their schools continuously through professional teamwork and networks, from evidence, and from literature in their trade. (Sahlberg, 2011)
Finland has shown the effect of this empowerment-based education reform in several consecutive PISA results.
Hargreaves, A., & Shirley, D. (2009). The fourth way: The inspiring future of educational change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Sahlberg, P. (2011). The fourth way of Finland. Journal of Educational Change,12(2), 173-185.