Smartest Kids in the World And How They Got That Way

ISBN-10: 1451654421
ISBN-13: 9781451654424
Edition: 2013
Authors: Amanda Ripley
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 8/13/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Through the compelling stories of three American teenagers living abroad in the world’s top-notch schools, an education expert explains how these systems cultivate the “smartest” kids on the planet.America has long compared its students to top-performing kids of other nations. But how do the world’s highest-ranked school systems look through the eyes of an American high school student? Author Amanda Ripley has the surprising answer to this question—and many more concerning key issues in education reform in the US. When three teenagers uproot from their homes in America to spend one school year in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, Ripley follows them to discover how certain attitudes, systems, and parenting styles are creating the world’s best public schools.InWhere the Smart Kids Are, Ripley’s astonishing new insights reveal that top-performing countries have gained their ranks only in the past several decades, that fine teachers value prestige as much as (or more than) pay, and that helicopter parenting doesn’t necessarily produce smarter kids.Ripley’s investigative work seamlessly weaves narrative and fact, providing in-depth research and gripping details that will keep you turning the pages. Written in a clear and engaging style,Where the Smart Kids Arewill enliven public as well as household debates over what makes for brighter and better students.

Amanda Ripley received a B.A. in government from Cornell University in 1996. She is a journalist whose stories on human behavior and public policy have appeared in Time, The Atlantic, and Slate and helped Time win two National Magazine Awards. She is the author of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why, which was turned into a PBS documentary, and The Smartest Kids in the World - and How They Got That Way. She is currently an Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Principal characters
Prologue: the mystery
Fall
The treasure map
Leaving
The pressure cooker
A math problem
Winter
An american in utopia
Drive
The metamorphosis
Spring
Difference
The $4 million teacher
Coming home
Author's note
How to spot a world-class education
AFS student experience survey
Selected bibliography
Notes
Index

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