How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers?
In a global quest 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, 15, raises $10,000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, 18, exchanges a high-achieving Minnesota suburb for a booming city in South Korea; and Tom, 17, 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.
A journalistic tour de force, The Smartest Kids in the World is a book about building resilience in a new world-as told by the young Americans who have the most at stake.
©2013 Amanda Ripley (P)2013 Tantor
"A compelling, instructive account regarding education in America, where the arguments have become 'so nasty, provincial, and redundant that they no longer lead anywhere worth going.'" (Kirkus)
See Pee Ay (CPA) in Honolulu, Hawaii. That Ay part should be pronounced the way the fonz would pronounce it.
It's fun in that anecdotal sense, but not a book I would use to backup some argument about education at a cocktail party (unless you know, I was already into my 3rd drink).
The part where it pointed out that Americans put way more emphasis on team sports in high school than other countries. Disclosure: I sucked at team sports in high school.
I heart Finland!
A must read for parents of young children. This book cuts through the education and learning hype.
The book examines the pros and cons of four educational systems Korea, Finland, Poland and the United States and comes up with some interesting observations and recommendations.
All parents must read/listen. Rather u agree or not this text is very informative. My wife and I have a 2 and 5 year old. We have read many "how to" books. This is by far more valuable since it provides the "why" and history behind hot topics such as Common Core.
-two Engaged MD parents
Excellent book to understand the disparities of educational systems across the world. Not a technical book. Very well written. Narrator is ok.
This book looks at high achieving schools across the world from students' perspectives. If you want to know what it takes for high achieving education for your kids read this.
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