The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

The Smartest Kids in the WorldThis was a challenging book to get into, but once I did it was so informative. I wish that more educators and policy makers, along with any one interested in education, would read this book. The author visits three areas of the world (South Korea, Finland and Poland) that are doing better in education than the United States. She shares what they are doing differently than the US and whether that is helping these students to excel. While there is a lot of great information to be gleaned from this book, great education really comes down to finding highly educated teachers that know how to teach and setting a high bar of expectations for students. If you want just a checklist of how to find a world-class education, skip to appendix I.

Availability:  COSMOS, USMAI, SMCM
Review Submitted by: Joni Schoeny
Rating: Recommended
Challenge: A book recommended by a friend

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