In a reform on an already fantastic education system, Finland has changed the title of different areas that are used in the education system from "subjects" to "topics." So, rather than following the traditional “teaching by subject,” they will instead by “teaching by topic."
As an English teacher, I try to always incorporate and cross reference skills and content from several subjects, but students really struggle to transfer "English skills" or "Technology skills" into social studies and vice versa. This isn't how the real world works at all, so why not change our educational model to fit what the way the world works?
So, why does the Finnish school system already work so well? Because they have set education up to not be about competition, but about finding a place for every student and educating them based on what they're good at. Not only that, but teachers are truly respected in Finland, and it is actually very difficult to become a teacher.
This type of education leads to results similar to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, while having some of the lowest child suicide rates when compared with those Asian countries.
How long will it take for America to try something, anything different?