Last week President Obama announced a competitive program to help create better connections between high school and skilled jobs. It’s a good idea. And it’s also an approach you see in a lot of Western European countries. In the education sector there are nonstop debates about what other countries do – often absent the U.S. context and often in unrealistic terms given our political system and culture. Perhaps rather than the big macro-ideas, ‘let’s turn Houston into Helsinki,’ these more micro ideas are where the action lies?