I've generally been a quiet (on this blog) supporter of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. The point being that while teaching to the test is a problem, we can't make progress unless we somehow measure how we're doing. So the Bush and Obama initiatives seem better than the status quo, however many problems they have. The idea of measuring value-added for teachers, looking at how much a class advanced during the year, rather than absolute scores also is attractive.
But then you watch this slide show on the Finnish school system and say, maybe I've got it all wrong. Or maybe it's interesting for a small homogenous country but not workable for us. Whatever is the answer, it's worth considering.