I'm interested in their experiences as students abroad. Mostly because I think the American public is largely apathetic to improving the overall system. As a teacher, I don't need to have the challenges and shortfalls of the American education system listed off to me; I live that reality every day. To view it, I read this book almost entirely in one day. There's no hint of tired education talking points or polarizing rhetoric. I listened to the audiobook well narrated by Kate Reading, and this is the second book by the author to receive a 5 star rating from me.
Ripley's voice is engaging, and Smartest Kids is impeccably researched and packed with interesting interviews and anecdotes. And what was going on in Norway, right next door, which seemed to be slip sliding into the abyss, despite having virtually no child poverty? There are tremendous inequities by income and race, and only the second is being addressed. Oh I am totally reading this! All three of my boys, two of whom are now awesome readers, a third who is just emerging. Money is a big issue here. Still, Ripley has done very well with the approach that she has chosen, and there are many important insights here. Ripley does a good job of thoroughly explaining, in clear prose and with adequate endnotes and two helpful appendices, why the best public school systems in the world are the best and how they got to the top.
This is the kind of stuff that completely fascinates me. Thus, I will need to go back and verify any data that were new to me. What is it like to be a child there? But was there a way to know if we were right? The difference between American teacher training and Finnish teacher training is significant and worth noting. Tom waited all year for someone to get a 5. Also, Ripley's exemplary teacher was under Michelle Rhee's D. It was easier to start a business here than in most places on earth.
Not long ago, zero countries had a better high-school graduation rate than the United States; by 2009, about twenty countries did. I grew up in a country and family where there was nothing more important than education. Give me a good fiction any day of the week. The poverty narrative made intuitive sense. Finally, to close my argument here, after teachers are teachers, I feel that less professional development is needed, or at least lots of freedom for a teacher to grow how they choose. However, the actual research on praise suggested the opposite was true.
No other country takes every single person, whether it be a student of upper class, poverty, living in the middle of gang violence, immigrants with little understanding of English, mentally challenged, emotionally distressed, or here illegally and offer them the same opportunity for education. Did it really matter if we ranked number one in the world in education outcomes? They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. It's always fascinating to read about how other countries handle the same issues that the U. We told ourselves that we were at least raising more creative children, the kind who might not excel in electrical engineering but who had the audacity to speak up, to invent, and to redefine what was possible. Era mai serioasă pentru că toată lumea fusese de acord că așa trebuia să fie. So when they aren't fluent by age six we start classifying them. Are these three students typical? I wish she included links to the references for her facts.
And the opposite happens when they are told beforehand that certain students are slow, disadvantaged, or trouble-makers. They came from different parts of America, and they left for different reasons. She presents a lot of information as factual data and there is a long list of references at the end of the book. I literally couldn't put The Smartest Kids in the World down. The teacher in me is going to go off on a soap box… I haven't finished the book review yet but America can't be compared fairly to other countries when looking at school performance!! I was asked to read this book by a local lawmaker who wants to discuss the points. There were no mixed messages; everything else paled in comparison. Overall I think this book is great and makes some very good points.
They come from Oklahoma Kim , Pennsylvania Tom , and Minnesota Eric. I'm interested in how kids get an education that they think of as good. This is inadequate, ridiculously small sample from which the author draws her conclusions. And what is America doing wrong? Over the years, however, products and financial markets had become wildly more complex, and information had become available to everyone, including the customer. We had other advantages that overwhelmed our K-12 mediocrity, right? Abroad, the impersonal standard makes reality checks easier to administer.
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. În primul rând, ceea ce le diferențiază este importanța pe care fiecare țară o acordă educației proprii. Ever since that discussion, I've wanted to read the actual book. The problems arose in math and science, and they became most obvious when our kids grew into teenagers. And what is America doing wrong? I see no way out of the mess that American education has become. Amanda Ripley lights the path to engaging our next generation to meet a different bar.
Even if I do not agree with the points, I will follow-up and learn more about the subject matter. This is a very well written narrative on why certain countries' students perform so well scholastically. The level of expectations and work required in the non-U. They would be critical of our decision making and insisted that we be responsible and finish the goals… Finance. A full executive summary of the book is available here: A podcast discussion of the book will be available soon. But whether or not the kid goes to college? While the facts were familiar, the insight that Ripley provided into not just our education system but other successful education systems worldwide was revelatory and sometimes unsettling. It had rocketed from the bottom of the world to the top, without pausing for breath.