As you probably know Norway and Sweden 's educational systems are the top leading ones in the world. I have recently read two or three articles about the reasons for this educational prosperity in these countries and all of them relate it to the commitment and perseverance of teachers there. But I think there is more to it than just the role of teachers, probably the role of policy makers there is way important. When policy makers support and cooperate with practitioners, schools prosper and do well. Let us take an example of educational research. One way to advance the quality of education is to encourage educational research both qualitative and quantitative ones.
These researches are the real mirror that reflect the true status of education and it is based on them that recommendations are made as to what should be modified, deleted, or applied in curriculums. Norway and Sweden spend millions on educational research and policy makers in these countries do take seriously the findings of these researches and as a result academic achievement and literacy rates are higher there than in any other country in the world.
Have a look at this video below in which a Norwegian center of ICT ( Information Communication Technology ) envisions the world of tomorrow, and you will see how these people think about the future of their kids education. This video has left a huge impression on me and I think it would you too. Thanks Dawsonite for the video