The Smartest Kids in the World (Library Edition): And How They Got That Way (CD-Audio)
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Short Description for The Smartest Kids in the World (Library Edition) Journalist Amanda Ripley explains how a handful of nations are creating smarter, more resourceful kids in this must-listen account.
- Published: 13 August 2013
- Format: CD-Audio
- ISBN 13: 9781452646114 ISBN 10: 1452646112
- Sales rank: 1,100,958
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Full description for The Smartest Kids in the World (Library Edition)
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 embed-ded in these countries for one year. Kim, fifteen, raises $10,000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, eighteen, exchanges a 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 "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.