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  1. says:

    This is what journalism should be about telling a story from a different perspective and digging into the details Most reporting on education is pathetically superficial and simply rehashes the common narrative Amanda Ripley takes on the topic with analytical rigor and good personal story telling This isn't a wishy washy book lam

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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 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 th

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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 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

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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 a

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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 ridicul

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    This was fascinating and not only because it mentioned International Baccalaureate programs Ripley compares USian schools to those of other nations through the lens of foreign exchange students' experiences I wanted to read it or less as an adjunct to The Importance of Being Little to give a fuller picture of education

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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 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

  10. says:

    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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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 The First Partition of Poland 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 The Hero of Varay 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 Blackmailed By Daddy relatively large amount of money on education per capita She उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] reminds Cock Tales 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 Son of the Hero rest of the world2 Our teacher education system is not prestigious We produce 5x the number of teachers we need and The Alien Jigsaw reuirements to get into education programs are often not very high at a good university in Oklahoma that Ripley profiled the ACT Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning 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 The Illusion of Gods Presence 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 Folk Tales From The Soviet Union run When it comes to learning it s better When it comes to employability it s better I m so confused about why we Not The Hot Chick 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 Pegged and Plugged at the Club read and it Tunnel Through Time 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 Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 right things to ask when visiting a school It Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 reassures me that it s important to maintain high standards even if I m the only one doing it and even if it s Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 really hard sometimes

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The Smartest Kids in the World

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. 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 time in American schools I found some of her rhetoric over the top And her comment that none of the American principals knew their per pupil expenditures was insane Every teacher knows it and it s printed in the news with regularity That being said after almost 40 years as an educator I did agree with her in a number of areasTeacher training needs to be a lot better The self esteem movement has hurt kids in the US Parents need to see education as part of THEIR job Don t hire coaches instead of teachers better yet take sports out of the public schools There was an awful lot I disagreed with also Any lauding of S Korean schools is nuts To have kids in school or at hagwons for 18 hours a day repeating virtually everything the kids had learned during the day is crazy Not to mention bankrupting families to pay for the tutoring Ripley blames unions for retaining bad teachers As someone who was union president I can tell you that it s the administrators who are too lazy to do their jobs as evaluators and the unions often push to get rid of poor teachers Besides Finland the top performing country has some of the strongest teachers unions Ripley loves Common Core which is simply a way to dumb down the best schools in an attempt to bolster those who don t perform well In the last few years there was dumbing down of the curriculum than in the previous 30 years combined all done at the behest of administrators and against the will of the teachers Americans get the schools they want Full of high tech gadgets that make no difference with dozens of sports and no conseuences for failure Since one can get into an elite college on the basis of legacy why achieve I see no way out of the mess that American education has become But I do think that the first thing that needs to happen is that dabblers in education like Ripley and Gates and those of their ilk need to stick to what they know best and let the professional educators figure it out The three things the Finnish teachers mentioned as the reasons they stay in education were 1 salary 2 respect 3 autonomy American teachers in some schools may have the first but not the other two Therein lies part of the problem Deception Island rigorous teaching have The Family revolutionized these countries’ education The First Partition of Poland resultsIn The Smartest Kids in the World Ripley’s astonishing new insights The Hero of Varay 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. The problem with this book was that all the Blackmailed By Daddy 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 time in American schools I found some of her उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] rhetoric over the top And her comment that none of the American principals knew their per pupil expenditures was insane Every teacher knows it and it s printed in the news with Cock Tales regularity That being said after almost 40 years as an educator I did agree with her in a number of areasTeacher training needs to be a lot better The self esteem movement has hurt kids in the US Parents need to see education as part of THEIR job Don t hire coaches instead of teachers better yet take sports out of the public schools There was an awful lot I disagreed with also Any lauding of S Korean schools is nuts To have kids in school or at hagwons for 18 hours a day Son of the Hero repeating virtually everything the kids had learned during the day is crazy Not to mention bankrupting families to pay for the tutoring Ripley blames unions for The Alien Jigsaw retaining bad teachers As someone who was union president I can tell you that it s the administrators who are too lazy to do their jobs as evaluators and the unions often push to get Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning rid of poor teachers Besides Finland the top performing country has some of the strongest teachers unions Ripley loves Common Core which is simply a way to dumb down the best schools in an attempt to bolster those who don t perform well In the last few years there was dumbing down of the curriculum than in the previous 30 years combined all done at the behest of administrators and against the will of the teachers Americans get the schools they want Full of high tech gadgets that make no difference with dozens of sports and no conseuences for failure Since one can get into an elite college on the basis of legacy why achieve I see no way out of the mess that American education has become But I do think that the first thing that needs to happen is that dabblers in education like Ripley and Gates and those of their ilk need to stick to what they know best and let the professional educators figure it out The three things the Finnish teachers mentioned as the The Illusion of Gods Presence reasons they stay in education were 1 salary 2 Folk Tales From The Soviet Union respect 3 autonomy American teachers in some schools may have the first but not the other two Therein lies part of the problem

read & download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý Amanda Ripley

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. 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 a little girl an F She and her mother complained about being given an F the teacher explained that he hadn t given her an F she had earned it But the best part of the story is the most important part and one we as Americans rarely get to because of our empathetic hearts the next year the little girl earned an A and she knew she had earned it Great book to start the school year with high expectations both for my son and my students Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, 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. As an educator I would say this is a must Homewrecker 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 a little girl an F She and her mother complained about being given an F the teacher explained that he hadn t given her an F she had earned it But the best part of the story is the most important part and one we as Americans Make your own model forts & castles rarely get to because of our empathetic hearts the next year the little girl earned an A and she knew she had earned it Great book to start the school year with high expectations both for my son and my students