The Smartest Kids In The World: And How They Got That Way

August 13, 2013|
The Smartest Kids In The World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
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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.

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 embed­ded 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.
Amanda Ripley was born in Arizona, but grew up in New Jersey. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1996 with a B.A. in government. She is currently an Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation. Her 2008 book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why explains how the brain works in disasters, a...
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Title:The Smartest Kids In The World: And How They Got That Way
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:320 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Published:August 13, 2013
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781451654424

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