The smartest kids in the world : and how they got that way

From Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Amanda  Ripley
Title:  The smartest kids in the world : and how they got that way
The smartest kids in the world: and how they got that way by Amanda Ripley is an informative read. The journalist, Amanda Ripley, admits in her prologue to the work that, “for most of my career at Time and other magazines, I worked hard to avoid education stories. If my editors asked me to write about schools or tests, I countered with an idea about terrorism, plane crashes, or a pandemic flu. That usually worked.” For all of the author’s reluctance, I thoroughly enjoyed her exploration of Finland, Korea, and Poland’s restructuring of their school systems. Finland recognized the path their school system was on and did a massive revision of the system. They included, in their overhaul, the education of Finland’s teachers. They pared down the acceptance of students by making the standards more rigorous. Korea has always been a rigorous nation but one or two things that really caught my interest were the fact that the students are in charge of cleaning the schools and that one man, Andrew Kim, was known as a “rock-star teacher.”  He earned $4 million dollars in 2010. He teaches at a hagwon or private tutoring academy, where the students did most of their real learning. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into what can be done with the educational system.