School reform and Memory Club experiences. Recommended bibliography.

Hi. Since some time now I’ve been interested in designing an ideal school system, as I didn’t have a good Primary and Secondary education, and I’ve been very critical of the way classes are thought at my Law Faculty.
Kannas, in this post, gave a good outline.

I would like to know your opinions and if you can recommend bibliography about the subject, or tell me about your experiences sharing and teaching memory techniques and other related knowledge to others (peple outside the specific forums). I have found difficult to share mnemotechniques with others outside my family circle and close friends; the same has happened trying to share the learning of languages without teachers (in the traditional style), with methods such as Pimsleur, Assimil, FSI and others. Most of them don’t even want to discuss alternatives.

I’m specially interested to know if someone has studied or teaches in Finland, as they seem to have one of the best educational systems in the world, according to PISA.

Some books that I can mention, that I think are representative of different approaches. I haven’t read the books; I’ve got the authors from documentaries and TED talks. Please let me know if you have read some of them and your opinions and critics.

What are your thoughts on “progressive education”? Do you think that is better/worst than traditional education? Why?

Two documentaries:
The Finland Phenomenon:
La educación prohibida (“Forbidden Education”),

Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools Paperback
by Roger Schank (Author)

Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today: Education - Our Children - Their Futures [Paperback], Richard Gerver (Author)

Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? (Series on School Reform) (The Series on School Reform) [Paperback], Pasi Sahlberg (Author)

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn

The Well Trained Mind A Guide to Classical Education at Home (homeschooling).

2009 The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (with Lou Aronica). Viking. ISBN 978-0670020478, Ken Robinson.

Teaching As Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher’s Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap by Teach For America, Steven Farr, Wendy Kopp and Jason Kamras

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Another interesting resource is Remembering Willie Nelson.