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    This is what journalism should be about telling a story from a different perspective and digging into the details Most rep

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    A take away from this book it is better for a country to spend money on its teachers training recruiting hiring and paying them than to spend so much on technology

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    I read this book almost entirely in one day As non fiction goes it was a page turnerI was skeptical of Ripley's anecdotal approach to this com

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    I'm approaching this one as a mom than as an educator As such my comments reflect that perspective rather than a critical reading I'm interest

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    Let me start off by saying that I wanted to like this book Instead it left me disappointed In an age of education reform and magic bullets I was originally drawn to the book because I heard it described the Finnish education system which is all the rage for the right reasons today I applaud author Amanda Ripley f

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    The problem with this book was that all the research was based on something called the PISA test which was given in countries around the world The statistical sample of the US was a whopping 5233 kids in 165 schools This is inadeuate ridiculously small sample from which the author draws her conclusions Ripley is also not an educator has never taught and from what she says in the book didn't seem to spend much t

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    This was fascinating and not only because it mentioned International Baccalaureate programs Ripley compares USian schools to those of other n

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    As an educator I would say this is a must read even though it is truly just an introduction to the subject I would haveloved to hear about the Finnish schools I like how they combine rigorous standards with teacher autonomy Good teachers will find a way to teach if given the opportunity which they are not in American schools I also liked the illustration in the appendix about what happened when a teacher in the US gave

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    Well another non educator has all the answersbut she writes very well and she tells a good story I was asked to read this book by a local lawm

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    Taking the recent Portuguese panorama on Education this book is very adeuateit’s on time I would say Experts in Portugal speak of a “too centralistic” administration of the Education field; math and sciences stats are far bellow the be

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End 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 resultsIn 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 pa. I m approaching this one as a mom than as an educator As such my comments reflect that perspective rather than a critical reading I m interested in how kids get an education that they think of as good I m interested in their experiences as students abroadchokengtitiktitikchokeng 32 When Kim got into the Duke summer program for gifted and talented kids and she said to her mom This is my chance to be normal I just cried In so many schools kids who are interested in learning are ridiculed or just subtly made to feel weird and out of the norm The really sad part is that many of these ostracizing attitudes carry over into adult life especially in small townsp 84 85 I am astounded by what Ripley has written about America s teacher training colleges and the value of a master s degree in education If true it s deeply saddening that the coursework isn t rigorous and there seem to be no baseline standards for who gets in Can that really be true Don t teachers to be have to take the GRE and submit a transcript Don t they have to pass an intensive practicum Either way teaching here is not held in the high regard Ripley reports it is in Finland Nor is it limited to it the top mindsI wanted to know about the PISA test I started here I was looking to find out how many students in each country take the test each year It s on the FA page In 2012 6111 15 year olds took the test So it can t really be said to offer an accurate picture of our whole country s educational system That s a really small percentage of the kids in the US I think if all kids took this instead of the MCAS or FCAT or California achievement tests or SATs or whatever then we could use it to generate data that tell us something real about our nation So that s a bit disappointing As other reviewers have said the fact that so few kids actually take the PISA calls into uestion Ripley s using PISA results to conclude that Finland South Korea and Poland have better schools over all than the US I can t throw out everything else she s written on p 100 Ripley relates a story told by a Finnish girl who had come to Michigan for an exchange year It was like elementary school in Finland she said We did so many posters I remember telling my friends Are you kidding me Another poster It was like arts and crafts only boring This is not hyperbole As a parent and as a teacher in than one district I have witnessed first hand these demoralizing cut and paste projects that only reuire that a student produce some object that will be thrown away once graded It is the rare and beloved teacher who assigns projects that grab students imaginations and get them to think and really learn something they ll internalize be proud of and use againOver and over Ripley returns to the theme of expectations When we have low expectations of students they work to meet those low expectations and that s it There s also the theme of rigor It s not necessarily about tracking about separating kids out into college bound and not at a young age It s not about piling on the volume of work so much that kids have no time to do anything else It s about creating excitement about learning developing coursework and homework that develop kids thinking and reasoning skills All kids can do this straight As or notAnd of course as a librarian and as a lifelong reader I am both overjoyed and horrified that the international survey and study of family life that was done along with the PISA identified the three most important kinds of parental involvement leading to student success 1 reading to your children from a very young age 2 regularly making sure your children see you reading for enjoyment and information 3 conversing with your kids about what you re all reading and about world events Yeesh Do we need another study to tell us this And in light of this why do library directors everywhere have to prove their worth to finance committees every yearI might be ranting and raving now Can you tell I ve recently started attending curriculum committee meetings at my youngest s school Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels parenting and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries’ education resultsIn The Smartest Kids in the World Ripley’s astonishing new insights reveal that top The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook performing countries have achieved greatness only in the Vietnam Perkasie past several decades; that the kids who live there are learning to think for themselves A Proper Hellhound: A Montague & Strong Detective Story pa. I m approaching this one as a mom than as an educator As such my comments reflect that Losing Strength and Dexterity perspective rather than a critical reading I m interested in how kids get an education that they think of as good I m interested in their experiences as students abroadchokengtitiktitikchokeng 32 When Kim got into the Duke summer Afghanistan program for gifted and talented kids and she said to her mom This is my chance to be normal I just cried In so many schools kids who are interested in learning are ridiculed or just subtly made to feel weird and out of the norm The really sad The Black Sheeps Secret Child part is that many of these ostracizing attitudes carry over into adult life especially in small townsp 84 85 I am astounded by what Ripley has written about America s teacher training colleges and the value of a master s degree in education If true it s deeply saddening that the coursework isn t rigorous and there seem to be no baseline standards for who gets in Can that really be true Don t teachers to be have to take the GRE and submit a transcript Don t they have to The Billionaires Desire pass an intensive After the Flood practicum Either way teaching here is not held in the high regard Ripley reports it is in Finland Nor is it limited to it the top mindsI wanted to know about the PISA test I started here I was looking to find out how many students in each country take the test each year It s on the FA Trust in Tomorrow page In 2012 6111 15 year olds took the test So it can t really be said to offer an accurate Manga: Pure Soldier OTOMAIDEN 4 (English Edition): Strategy of Demonic Vassal Part 1 picture of our whole country s educational system That s a really small After the Flood percentage of the kids in the US I think if all kids took this instead of the MCAS or FCAT or California achievement tests or SATs or whatever then we could use it to generate data that tell us something real about our nation So that s a bit disappointing As other reviewers have said the fact that so few kids actually take the PISA calls into uestion Ripley s using PISA results to conclude that Finland South Korea and Poland have better schools over all than the US I can t throw out everything else she s written on Bronxwood p 100 Ripley relates a story told by a Finnish girl who had come to Michigan for an exchange year It was like elementary school in Finland she said We did so many NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 posters I remember telling my friends Are you kidding me Another Acquiring the Mind of Christ poster It was like arts and crafts only boring This is not hyperbole As a The Internal Magic of Activision Dragster parent and as a teacher in than one district I have witnessed first hand these demoralizing cut and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, paste Dinner with a Perfect Stranger projects that only reuire that a student The Purple Headed Mountain produce some object that will be thrown away once graded It is the rare and beloved teacher who assigns Stone Circles of Britain projects that grab students imaginations and get them to think and really learn something they ll internalize be Blue leader proud of and use againOver and over Ripley returns to the theme of expectations When we have low expectations of students they work to meet those low expectations and that s it There s also the theme of rigor It s not necessarily about tracking about separating kids out into college bound and not at a young age It s not about The Queen Con (The Golden Arrow piling on the volume of work so much that kids have no time to do anything else It s about creating excitement about learning developing coursework and homework that develop kids thinking and reasoning skills All kids can do this straight As or notAnd of course as a librarian and as a lifelong reader I am both overjoyed and horrified that the international survey and study of family life that was done along with the PISA identified the three most important kinds of The Rite parental involvement leading to student success 1 reading to your children from a very young age 2 regularly making sure your children see you reading for enjoyment and information 3 conversing with your kids about what you re all reading and about world events Yeesh Do we need another study to tell us this And in light of this why do library directors everywhere have to Black Popular Culture prove their worth to finance committees every yearI might be ranting and raving now Can you tell I ve recently started attending curriculum committee meetings at my youngest s school

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Rtly through failing early and often; and that persistence hard work and resilience matter to our children’s life chances than self esteem or sportsRipley’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 studen. Well another non educator has all the answersbut she writes very well and she tells a good story I was asked to read this book by a local lawmaker who wants to discuss the points So I took notes7 pages of 8 point notes Let s start with the title smartest kids in the world How is this measured Life accomplishments Nobel Prizes Inventions Nope Test scores The PISA test in particular Kids are measured as smart or not smart based on the scores of one test AND how many US kids take this test along with all the mandated tests the NAEP and whatever our policy makers decide to throw at them Just over 5000 kids from random schools There are 498 million kids in public schools in the US and PISA tests a random 5000 Already I m not sure her premise stands up to scrutinyBut let s pretend a test that only 5000 of 498 million kids take really does measure smartsand that is up for debate Ripley has accepted PISA as the be all and end all but others most of whom are educators are not so certain Now we have a test that was administered to a pitifully small sample and a test that may not be the shining start it portrays itself to be Onward Ripley takes three US students who spend a year abroad one to Finland one to S Korea and one to Poland attending schools in three countries who supposedly have kids who are much smarter than our kids She introduces us to them in their US home schools and follows their adjustments in their host countriesRipley seems to thoroughly enjoy ripping OK schoolswhere I spent 34 of my 39 years as a teacher She appears to have interviewed teachers and administrators in good faith but her chosen uotes are not so subtle swipes at our I am an OK educatorworthlessness our excuse making our inability to prepare kids for the real world Of COURSE I got my back up in those sectionsand she spends much time ripping Oklahoma schools than the Pennsylvania and Minnesota schools the other US kids attended Then she examines the three countries schools and tries to suss out what makes their kids so much smarter than our kidsFinland changed everything teacher preparation rigor curriculum They took it all on The most intriguing piece of this is the teacher preparationit s hard to get into education school in Finland Here schools of education are the cash cow that keep US universities solvent so lots of colleges have schools of education and they accept too many applicants I thought Finland s system only let applicants try once but Ripley tells a story about one teacher who applied three times and his life experience as a substitute teacher finally tipped things in his favor I like this ideaBut in the US where do we start Schools of Ed are seeing a decline in the number of applicants and that is NO surprise Most of us know going in we won t become millionaires but there was a time when US teachers had the respect of the community and policy makers and enjoyed a measure of autonomy Now teachers are poor reviled overworked under respected and are micromanaged by reformers How can colleges raise standards for admission now I am mystified about how to end the cycle of attacks so that standards can be raised I m not against making teaching prestigious by raising the standardsbut I don t see how we can start hereFinnish schools receive funding according to need schools that have challenging populations have moneyuite the opposite of what happens in US schools Special education is also handled very differentspecial ed is seen as an intense intervention of limited timesomething to give a kiddo a boost through a tough temporary time of struggle All Finnish kids take a grueling series of matriculation tests Ripley tries to euate this to OK s End of Instruction tests but there is no comparison I m not against a true matriculation test where everyone teachers students parents policy makers agree on exactly what will be tested and how it will be tested The Finnish tests are NOT low level multiple choice testsShe also euates this experience to the ACT and SATno They are exams that supposedly measure a student s ability to do college workI say supposedly because come to find out they re not so good at predicting college successOne teacher s advice is priceless You should start to select your teachers carefully and motivate them One motivation is money Respect is another Punishing is never a good way to deal with schools IndeedI don t see reformers jumping on that bandwagon with both feetOn to Koreaan abusive system where kids may attend school of one kind or another for up to 18 hours a daywhere everything is focused on the test and getting a good score The entire country is hyper focused on tests and scores Kids sleep through their day time classes and attend private tutoring schools at night PRIVATEparent funded Ineuitable In 2011parents spent almost 18 billion on cram schools And the wealthy parents got the successful schools and teachersRipley calls the system a hamster wheel but she says she prefers it to the US moon bounce attitudes I do not This system beats up kids it bankrupts parents and it causes a system of ineuity for its students Poland seems to be in this book because they adopted national standards and it s apparent Ripley loves Common Coreon closer examination Poland may not be the miracle she touts it to beShe says these countries are committed to teaching students high level thinkingand implies we don t She throws around the word rigor without telling us what it meansdoes it mean 18 hours a day of school Two six hour writing tests to graduate from Finnish high school Is it constant drilling humiliating kids when they don t know the answer Is it publicly announcing the scores to the latest test to everyone in the room Those are all practices of the schools where the world s smartest kids attendDo I defend US schools to the death No Ripley makes some interesting observations I ve wondered about myself US schools are teeming with technologywhite boards interactive clickers iPads Chrome bookswe ve go it all But The three countries here do not have that technologyand their kids perform well on international tests I think we need to ask ourselves with complete honesty if we re getting return for the millions we spend on technologywhen it could be spent in other waysSports came under fire also The US is the only major country where sports are the focus of so much time and energy and money Again we must ask ourselvesdoes this investment reflect our values I REALLY liked her advice to parents who are looking for a new schoolWe should all be asking those uestions But she feels duty bound to return to OK talk to the CEO of BAMA Pies and rip us againour high school graduates are so lousy they can t get jobs at BAMA and the company must leave OK for an international plant didn t have anything to do with lowering their own production prices I m sureAnd in her spirited defense of CCSS she reviews OK s recent repeal of the standards she loves and defends and accepts without uestionand she uotes Sally Kern to show how backwards we all are To uote the FaceBook group title Sally Kern does not represent me She makes good points about parents parents from countries with smart kids don t coddle but DO coachthe read to them daily they ask about school and discuss current events They make it clear that kids job is to work hard in school and parents job is to make that happen That attitude is not universally practiced in the USI found Ripley s tone snarky when speaking of US schools or educator or parents She obviously looks down her nose at us all and sees us wanting At one point she writes There is much to be said for American teachers who in many schools worked hard to entertain and engage their students Excuse me ENTERTAIN Entertain How dare she who has never taught a day in her life talk about my efforts to entertain my students I am a teacher I teachOf all her snarky comments the one that sent me over the edge was her dismissal of Diane Ravitch as one of the most popular education commentators in the US Is she aware Ravitch is a PhD a professor of education history and was a member of the US Department of Education Her credentials are legendaryshe is far important than a popular commentator I don t know if this is Ripley not doing her homework or if it s her trying to negate Ravitch s arguments Either way it is insulting to an educator who s devoted her life to our kidsSo uestions for reformers Are you willing to pay teachers so that you can truly recruit the best and brightest Are you willing to drop your infatuation with alternative certification and Teach for America neither of which are rigorous teacher prep Are you willing to address the role of sports in our schools Are you willing to revamp special education Are you willing to trust educators to do their jobs without the machinations of teacher evaluations designed to punish and label Are you willing to work with teacher organizations for the good of our kids An interesting book that obviously made me think a lot But in the end another attack on US schools and educators Just better written than most Pereira Maintains persistence hard work and resilience matter to our children’s life chances than self esteem or sportsRipley’s investigative work seamlessly weaves narrative and research SQL providing in depth analysis and gripping details that will keep you turning the Refactoring pages Written in a clear and engaging style The Smartest Kids in the World will enliven SaGa Frontier 2 Official Strategy Guide public as well as dinner table debates over what makes for brighter and better studen. Well another non educator has all the answersbut she writes very well and she tells a good story I was asked to read this book by a local lawmaker who wants to discuss the Amrita points So I took notes7 Shibari, L'atelier de cordes pages of 8 Human Reproductive Biology point notes Let s start with the title smartest kids in the world How is this measured Life accomplishments Nobel Prizes Inventions Nope Test scores The PISA test in Moden pan vaknar nahi particular Kids are measured as smart or not smart based on the scores of one test AND how many US kids take this test along with all the mandated tests the NAEP and whatever our Tree & Shrub Gardening for British Columbia policy makers decide to throw at them Just over 5000 kids from random schools There are 498 million kids in A Professional Engagement public schools in the US and PISA tests a random 5000 Already I m not sure her Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik premise stands up to scrutinyBut let s Fish Diseases and Disorders: Non-Infectious Disorders pitifully small sample and a test that may not be the shining start it Investigating Non Fiction And Media portrays itself to be Onward Ripley takes three US students who spend a year abroad one to Finland one to S Korea and one to Poland attending schools in three countries who supposedly have kids who are much smarter than our kids She introduces us to them in their US home schools and follows their adjustments in their host countriesRipley seems to thoroughly enjoy ripping OK schoolswhere I spent 34 of my 39 years as a teacher She appears to have interviewed teachers and administrators in good faith but her chosen uotes are not so subtle swipes at our I am an OK educatorworthlessness our excuse making our inability to Making Her Man prepare kids for the real world Of COURSE I got my back up in those sectionsand she spends much time ripping Oklahoma schools than the Pennsylvania and Minnesota schools the other US kids attended Then she examines the three countries schools and tries to suss out what makes their kids so much smarter than our kidsFinland changed everything teacher Why Don't We: In the Limelight preparation rigor curriculum They took it all on The most intriguing His Pawn (Manhattan Tales piece of this is the teacher Master and Sissy preparationit s hard to get into education school in Finland Here schools of education are the cash cow that keep US universities solvent so lots of colleges have schools of education and they accept too many applicants I thought Finland s system only let applicants try once but Ripley tells a story about one teacher who applied three times and his life experience as a substitute teacher finally tipped things in his favor I like this ideaBut in the US where do we start Schools of Ed are seeing a decline in the number of applicants and that is NO surprise Most of us know going in we won t become millionaires but there was a time when US teachers had the respect of the community and Learn & Play with First Nations & Native Art policy makers and enjoyed a measure of autonomy Now teachers are Pippa of Lauramore (Eldentimber, poor reviled overworked under respected and are micromanaged by reformers How can colleges raise standards for admission now I am mystified about how to end the cycle of attacks so that standards can be raised I m not against making teaching Drive (The Expanse, prestigious by raising the standardsbut I don t see how we can start hereFinnish schools receive funding according to need schools that have challenging Eddie Rickenbacker populations have moneyuite the opposite of what happens in US schools Special education is also handled very differentspecial ed is seen as an intense intervention of limited timesomething to give a kiddo a boost through a tough temporary time of struggle All Finnish kids take a grueling series of matriculation tests Ripley tries to euate this to OK s End of Instruction tests but there is no comparison I m not against a true matriculation test where everyone teachers students In The Palm of Your Hand parents Riding Hard (Bennett Boys Ranch, policy makers agree on exactly what will be tested and how it will be tested The Finnish tests are NOT low level multiple choice testsShe also euates this experience to the ACT and SATno They are exams that supposedly measure a student s ability to do college workI say supposedly because come to find out they re not so good at The Bandini Quartet predicting college successOne teacher s advice is How Wealth Rules the World priceless You should start to select your teachers carefully and motivate them One motivation is money Respect is another Punishing is never a good way to deal with schools IndeedI don t see reformers jumping on that bandwagon with both feetOn to Koreaan abusive system where kids may attend school of one kind or another for up to 18 hours a daywhere everything is focused on the test and getting a good score The entire country is hyper focused on tests and scores Kids sleep through their day time classes and attend The Origins of Wish You Well private tutoring schools at night PRIVATEparent funded Ineuitable In 2011parents spent almost 18 billion on cram schools And the wealthy Joy Cometh In The Morning parents got the successful schools and teachersRipley calls the system a hamster wheel but she says she Short Fiction prefers it to the US moon bounce attitudes I do not This system beats up kids it bankrupts Dark Matter parents and it causes a system of ineuity for its students Poland seems to be in this book because they adopted national standards and it s apparent Ripley loves Common Coreon closer examination Poland may not be the miracle she touts it to beShe says these countries are committed to teaching students high level thinkingand implies we don t She throws around the word rigor without telling us what it meansdoes it mean 18 hours a day of school Two six hour writing tests to graduate from Finnish high school Is it constant drilling humiliating kids when they don t know the answer Is it Boys Esute, Vol. 5 publicly announcing the scores to the latest test to everyone in the room Those are all Turnip Greens & Tortillas practices of the schools where the world s smartest kids attendDo I defend US schools to the death No Ripley makes some interesting observations I ve wondered about myself US schools are teeming with technologywhite boards interactive clickers iPads Chrome bookswe ve go it all But The three countries here do not have that technologyand their kids The IT Career Builders Toolkit perform well on international tests I think we need to ask ourselves with complete honesty if we re getting return for the millions we spend on technologywhen it could be spent in other waysSports came under fire also The US is the only major country where sports are the focus of so much time and energy and money Again we must ask ourselvesdoes this investment reflect our values I REALLY liked her advice to The Hebrew Bible And Its Modern Interpreters parents who are looking for a new schoolWe should all be asking those uestions But she feels duty bound to return to OK talk to the CEO of BAMA Pies and rip us againour high school graduates are so lousy they can t get jobs at BAMA and the company must leave OK for an international Sunbird plant didn t have anything to do with lowering their own Positively No Dancing production Nailed It! prices I m sureAnd in her spirited defense of CCSS she reviews OK s recent repeal of the standards she loves and defends and accepts without uestionand she uotes Sally Kern to show how backwards we all are To uote the FaceBook group title Sally Kern does not represent me She makes good House of Vinegar: The Power of Sour, with Recipes points about Aliens vs. Predator (Aliens Vs. Predator, parents Masks parents from countries with smart kids don t coddle but DO coachthe read to them daily they ask about school and discuss current events They make it clear that kids job is to work hard in school and We parents job is to make that happen That attitude is not universally The Flight of the Century practiced in the USI found Ripley s tone snarky when speaking of US schools or educator or Waking Up parents She obviously looks down her nose at us all and sees us wanting At one Dead Man Walking point she writes There is much to be said for American teachers who in many schools worked hard to entertain and engage their students Excuse me ENTERTAIN Entertain How dare she who has never taught a day in her life talk about my efforts to entertain my students I am a teacher I teachOf all her snarky comments the one that sent me over the edge was her dismissal of Diane Ravitch as one of the most Shoot for the Moon popular education commentators in the US Is she aware Ravitch is a PhD a On the Bus (Sibling Lust, professor of education history and was a member of the US Department of Education Her credentials are legendaryshe is far important than a A Cord of Three Strands popular commentator I don t know if this is Ripley not doing her homework or if it s her trying to negate Ravitch s arguments Either way it is insulting to an educator who s devoted her life to our kidsSo uestions for reformers Are you willing to Introduction to Digital Literacy pay teachers so that you can truly recruit the best and brightest Are you willing to drop your infatuation with alternative certification and Teach for America neither of which are rigorous teacher Memes prep Are you willing to address the role of sports in our schools Are you willing to revamp special education Are you willing to trust educators to do their jobs without the machinations of teacher evaluations designed to Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches punish and label Are you willing to work with teacher organizations for the good of our kids An interesting book that obviously made me think a lot But in the end another attack on US schools and educators Just better written than most

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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 planetAmerica 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 sp. I read this book almost entirely in one day As non fiction goes it was a page turnerI was skeptical of Ripley s anecdotal approach to this complex issue but she tackles with a good amount of objectivity and balance Essentially she asks why the United States is so far behind the rest of the developed world on education despite spending such a relatively large amount of money on education per capita She reminds readers that the problem is incredibly complex As an educator in the US University not K 12 but some of the same stuff holds some of the vivid highlights from her arguments include1 In the US we spend so much money in schools on technology which is not linked to increased learning at all and on sportsathletics which baffles the rest of the world2 Our teacher education system is not prestigious We produce 5x the number of teachers we need and reuirements to get into education programs are often not very high at a good university in Oklahoma that Ripley profiled the ACT reuirement for admission to the education department is a score of 19 The national average is 206 To paraphrase Ripley this sends the message that we believe our teachers can be below average themselves but still teach our children effectively3 The coddling We are so fixated on getting students to like us and making sure no one feels bad and letting them float by when there is something in their life holding them back from their best work To have high expectations these days feels like you are being a jerk Other countries recognize that it is often a very difficult to be stern and have high standards but easier when everyone is doing it b possible to be both stern and warm at the same time just in the US we see holding everyone accountable to the same standards is unfair and c much better for the student in the long run When it comes to learning it s better When it comes to employability it s better I m so confused about why we re still giving out trophies to everyone and making sure everyone has a fair chance all the time We bend over backwards and our students get bored because we don t have high expectations4 Our students are not given a chance to fail until they are out of school This is a by product of 3 Students in other countries learn what it s like to not perform well at an early age They learn how to fail and learn from their mistakes when it is still a safe environment and the stakes aren t high We are so fixated on empathy and immediate self esteem not a horrible thing but not the most important thing when it comes to learning that we do not let our children fail at thingsAll in all a phenomenal read and it reassures me both as an almost new parent and as a university professor I have been angsting about the school my child will go to Ripley gives some great tips in the Appendix for the right things to ask when visiting a school It reassures me that it s important to maintain high standards even if I m the only one doing it and even if it s really hard sometimes