I came across this article in today’s Washington Post. Apparently the folks in Stockholm have a better grasp on the power of markets to improve performance than most of us here in the states. Well, at least some of them do. Take Barbro Lillkaas who had this to say, “If you run a good operation then you make a profit. But you won’t get any students if you are bad,” she said. “You have to do a good job to get money; that is even more important for a private school.” My sentiments exactly. I can only hope that this convinces some of the left-leaning public-school advocates in this country who hold the Scandinavian countries in such high regard to rethink some of their positions. I’m not holding my breath, but I may be breathing a little bit shallower.