Staff Review: Smartest Kids in the World

SmartestKidsintheWorldThe Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way

Amanda Ripley

Simon & Schuster


Available now

Can you imagine a teacher earning 4 million dollars? Can you imagine allowing your son or daughter to buy a pillow made for sleeping in class? How would you react to your son or daughter failing a class? As a teacher, how would you feel failing a student? How do you feel about the ones you have, intentionally or unintentionally, let fall behind? How do you adapt your teaching style so that every child succeeds and wants to succeed?

Amanda Ripley’s book made me ask myself those questions and a plethora of others.

Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world. Students need good teachers and we, as adults, need to make sure children learn from the best every day.

In this book, Amanda Ripley highlights the adventures of Kim, Eric, and Tom, three American teenagers, as they spend academic years abroad in Finland, South Korea, and Poland respectively. Through their stories, Ripley highlights the pros and the cons of the educational systems in those “smarter countries,” while comparing them with the pros and cons of our own system. She makes this comparison in a compelling way, so compelling to me that I, in turn, am challenging you to read her book and to make changes yourself.

If you care about the future of our nation’s children, read this book! ~ Rebecca

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