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    DescriptionHow 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.

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    The Smartest Kids in the World
    And How They Got That Way
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amanda Ripley, Narrator Kate Reading
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9781452616117
    ISBN 10: 1452616116

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.8
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    B&T General Subject: 340
    BISAC V2.8: EDU043000, EDU026060
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    BISAC V2.8: EDU016000
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    DC23: 370.9
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    LC classification: LB43 .R625 2013B
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    Edition statement
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    13 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for "Time," the "Atlantic," and other magazines. She is also the author of "The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes--and Why," the basis for a PBS documentary. An Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. Stage actress Kate Reading has been a freelance narrator for over twenty years. She has received multiple Audie Awards and nominations, as well as numerous Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine, which has named her Narrator of the Year and, for two years running, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
    Review quote
    "A compelling, instructive account regarding education in America, where the arguments have become 'so nasty, provincial, and redundant that they no longer lead anywhere worth going.'" ---Kirkus