The Smartest Kids in the World

The Smartest Kids in the World

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How do other countries create a€œsmartera€ kids? What is it like to be a child in the worlda€™s new education superpowers? The Smartest Kids in the World a€œgets 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 changesa€ (The New York Times Book Review). In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems theya€™ve 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 embedAsded 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 a€œsmarta€ 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.In defiance of a long history of incoherent standards and irrational localism, forty- five states agreed to adopt new, more ... Known as the Common Core, they were modeled after standards in the education superpowers. ... A handful of other states backed out of plans for new, smarter tests designed around the new goals.

Title:The Smartest Kids in the World
Author:Amanda Ripley
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2013-08-13


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