I loved hearing about the successes of the education systems in Sweden and Finland. Both of my parents taught grade school overseas as well as in Detroit and I'm basically used to hearing a lot of negativity surrounding the functionality of schools.
I was especially interested in how students were essentially guaranteed the same high level of education regardless of their socioeconomic status. There are plenty of people who would not agree with me, but I would support higher taxes to better our school systems here in the States -- the quality of our education here relies much too heavily on which school district you happen to go to. The Swedish/Finnish people have come to appreciate that the money they put into their schools (even if it does not directly benefit their own children) is moving their country forward by creating a more educated general public.