March 24, 1973: Olga Korbut, who won three gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics, on the balance beam at Madison Square Garden several months before an article in The Times was published, reporting on Soviet takedowns of its own athletes, in print and elsewhere. “So striking has been the string of downfalls for the sports heroes of last year this season,” Hedrick Smith wrote for The Times, “that Westerners here have been wondering aloud whether Soviet authorities prefer that their athletes be reminded periodically they have feet of clay.” Photo: Larry Morris/The New York Times

Imagine high school without valedictorians, cramming for tests or hours of homework each night.

That’s what school is like in Finland, which has one of the highest ranked education systems in the world. It’s one of the top five ranked by Pearson, an education and publishing company. Although its rank in the OECD’s PISA went down in 2013, it has consistently ranked among the top in the survey since 2000.

Meanwhile, the U.S. system, with all its Harvard hopefuls and AP class students, tested average.

America could learn a lot from Finland’s school system  (via micdotcom)

my high school didn’t have an official valedictorian / class rankings. didn’t change much