The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
How Do Other Countries Create â€œSmarterâ€ Kids?
In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems theyâ€™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 worldâ€™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 embedÂded 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 â€œsmartâ€ 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 worldâ€”as told by the young Americans who have the most at stake.