I think there's clear connection with the existence of private schools and the quality of education: If we'd had as crappy public schools as US apparently has, people would be on barricades. That's why our schools need to be at least decent. Whole other thing is, whether abolishing private schools would make any difference. I find that a little too big thing. Perhaps just give public schools more tax money. I found the explanation of Finland being more homogenous odd, but then realized that it translates to Finland having more evenly distributed wealth! Lastly, Finnish education has it downfalls too, and I too am of the opinion that primary schools are more about indoctrination than education. Odd that I'm the first Finn in the thread.