The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

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By (author) Amanda Ripley

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 232mm x 27mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 19 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1451654421
  • ISBN 13: 9781451654424
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones, maps, figures
  • Sales rank: 10,552

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Through the compelling stories of three American teenagers living abroad and attending the world's top-notch public high schools, an investigative reporter 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 education superpowers look through the eyes of an American high school student? Author Amanda Ripley follows three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living and learning in Finland, South Korea, and Poland. Through their adventures, Ripley discovers startling truths about how attitudes, parenting, and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries' education results. In `The Smartest Kids in the World, `Ripley's astonishing new insights reveal that top-performing countries have achieved greatness only in the past several decades; that the kids who live there are learning to think for themselves, partly through failing early and often; and that persistence, hard work, and resilience matter more to our children's life chances than self-esteem or sports. Ripley's investigative work seamlessly weaves narrative and research, providing in-depth analysis and gripping details that will keep you turning the pages. Written in a clear and engaging style, `The Smartest Kids in the World `will enliven public as well as dinner table debates over what makes for brighter and better students.

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Amanda Ripley is a literary 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. To discuss her work, she has appeared on ABC, NBC, CNN, FOX News, and NPR. Ripley's first book, The Unthinkable, was published in fifteen countries and turned into a PBS documentary.

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``The Smartest Kids in the World` is a must read for anyone concerned about the state of American public education. By drawing on experiences, successes, and failures in education systems in the highest-performing countries across the globe, Amanda Ripley lays out a course for what we must do to dramatically improve our nation's schools.`--Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO of StudentsFirst