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The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley ISBN 978-1451654424

cover art from The Smartest Kids in the World and How they got that way by Amanda Ripley

cover art from The Smartest Kids in the World and How they got that way by Amanda Ripley

The American Education system is broken and after reading books like this I really wish that someone would have the courage to announce it from the roof tops.  THIS NEEDS TO BE FIXED!!!

Amanda Ripley is a journalist who tried to avoid the complex educational system; however, she was interested enough in these comparison studies and PISA test scores.

PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) is a test that is put together by the OECD (Operation for Economic Co-operation and Development) — this test evaluates if children are ready for adulthood and the duties of earning a living.  Problem-solving more than answering basic facts.

The test has learned that though the USA spends almost the most per student … we are about the middle of the road in results.

Amanda Ripley tracked three US students who studied abroad in Korea, Poland, and Finland.  She compared their experiences with foreign students who came to the United States.

I loved this book and I would say that anyone in the education field or any parent who is concerned about their children should read this book — it is fascinating.

The US education system is broken and needs to be fixed before we ruin the lives of many more students.

To learn more about the OECD — please click on the link

Editorial Reviews

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“[Ripley] 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.”

(New York Times Book Review)

“Compelling . . . What is Poland doing right? And what is America doing wrong? Amanda Ripley, an American journalist, seeks to answer such questions in The Smartest Kids in the World, her fine new book about the schools that are working around the globe ….Ms. Ripley packs a startling amount of insight in this slim book.”

(The Economist)

“[T]he most illuminating reporting I have ever seen on the differences between schools in America and abroad.”

(Jay Mathews, education columnist, The Washington Post)

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