I was given The Smartest Kids in The World: and how they got that way by Amanda Ripley to review.
Did you know that across the globe the US ranks 26th in math, 17th in science and 12th in reading? Sadly our scores are barely increasing. However counties like Finland, have show a drastic improvement shooting to the top of the world. In the 1950's in Finland only 10% of students graduated from high school, that number is now 95%. What did Finland do to bring on these enormous improvements?
In The Smartest Kids in the World, Amanda Ripley doesn't just look at what the schools policies are and the ways they teach, but she actually tracks several American exchange students around the world to get a more inside perspective of the schools. There is the girl form small town Oklahoma who travels to Finland. There is also a boy who travels to Korea and one who travels to Poland. Here is a trailer of the book.
I graduated in psychology, so subjects like this often interest me but I honestly rarely ever finish these kinds of books anymore. Give me a good fiction any day of the week. This book was different. I found myself, highlighting, dog-earing pages, it was fascinating. It was very interesting to hear the students experiences and perspectives as well as Ripley's analysis of the schools and their policies. The information is presented in a way to be very informative but not over your head and also keeps you interested and engaged.
What is Finland's secret? Why are their scores so great? It doesn't come down to one simple answer but it begins with the teachers. Not just expecting the teachers to do more, but educating the teachers more; setting the teachers up for success to be able to succeed. In Finland, teaching has become a more prestigious career with it being a requirement to be in the top 1/3 of highschool graduates to be allowed into teaching colleges. With more well trained teachers, they are ready to really take control of the classroom and students respect them more as they are educated.
There is much more to it than this and wait until you read what the schools in Korea are like!
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If you have any interest in the education system I truly think you will enjoy this book.
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Disclaimer: I was given a copy to review. All feelings and opinions are my own and truthful. The publisher is responsible for providing a copy of the book to the winner of the giveaway.