The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

By | June 22, 2019
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way Author Amanda Ripley
ISBN-10 145165443X
ISBN-13 9781451654431
Year 2014-07-29
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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How do other countries create smarter kids What is it like to be a child in the worlds new education superpowers The Smartest Kids in the World gets well beneath the glossy surfaces of these foreign cultures and manages to make our own culture look newly strange The question is whether the startling perspective provided by this masterly book can also generate the will to make changes The New York Times Book Review In a handful of nations virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems theyve never seen before They are learning to think in other words and to thrive in the modern economy Inspired to find answers for our own children author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embedded in these countries for one year Kim fifteen raises 10 000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland Eric eighteen trades his high achieving Minnesota suburb for a booming city in South Korea and Tom seventeen leaves a historic Pennsylvania village for Poland Through these young informants Ripley meets battle scarred reformers sleep deprived zombie students and a teacher who earns 4 million a year Their stories along with groundbreaking research into learning in other cultures reveal a pattern of startling transformation none of these countries had many smart kids a few decades ago Things had changed Teaching had become more rigorous parents had focused on things that mattered and children had bought into the promise of education

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