Thursday, October 17, 2013

education system comparisons, oh boy.

In the US, we are not known for our public education system. I mean, we have Yale and Harvard to brag about, but even our elite schools fall short compared to other countries. Amanda Ripley, investigative journalist wrote a book on educational policy that will shed some light on what we are missing here in America when it comes to education.

Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way is jam-packed with research and storytelling that will surprise you. The main purpose of this book is to show a more personal side to education in other countries. Readers gain a real life student view of what the education experience is like in Finland, Poland, and South Korea - three countries that score highly on standardized international tests, by following three American high school students in their exchange school experiences in these three countries. Ripley also includes research about other countries, and makes a compelling argument for educational reform.

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