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Yesterday afternoon my colleague Chris Irvine and I sat down with three of Denmark's most promising. They're elected leaders of the Association of Danish Pupils, the nation's student-run education-policy organization. (Think: a national student council, or a stellar group of model Congress participants, only the model Congress actually gets to influence policy.)
A few highlights stood out to me as we explained the American education system and federal and state policy, and heard a bit about the issues facing Denmark's schools:
In the end, though, I left the group feeling like we disappointed. They were searching for that next great innovation?the idea that would bump their country's student achievement. We talked charter schools, teacher quality, rigorous standards, school turnarounds, and governance models. But we never gave them the silver bullet they longed for. I don't know if we even gave them viable ideas they could easily package into policy back in Denmark. Because, the truth is, we've got a long ways to go ourselves.