I’ve been reading and walking around with the book, “The Smartest Kids in the World”, and several people have stopped me with questions about it. They were curious about the pitfalls of the American model of education, and were looking for suggestions for educating our kids. I recommended the book to each of them as a great summary of the deficiencies in our educational system, and a comparison with schools in countries that are educational superpowers (Finland, Poland, and South Korea). And, perhaps more importantly, I recommended the book because it is a compelling read, as she’s found that children who consistently test highly in cognitive tests come from countries that have three things: the best teachers and an elevated view of the teaching profession; parents who focus on things that actually matter to their child’s education (and those things surprisingly don’t include PTA bake sales), and kids who understand the importance of education.
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