A while back, a reader wrote that we should try to be like Sweden, because it is among the “best in the world.” Sweden now has for-profit schools and choice, so presumably the choice-based reforms of our day will make us more like Sweden.

I pointed out that on the latest PISA, Sweden does not outperform the U.S.. Its ranking are virtually identical, despite the fact that Sweden does not have our high rate of child poverty, nor our demographic diversity.

A reader commented today:

Facts: Sweden’s education system gained high quality outcomes as an almost completely public system. Sweden has steadily dropped in education output rankings since introducing the public/private hybrid.