Neither option is good, but she says she'd prefer the hamster wheel because it teaches students to work hard and to think deeply. Are you willing to trust educators to do their jobs without the machinations of teacher evaluations designed to punish and label? Also, can we not agree that comparing American schools and students to their Finnish counterparts is comparing apples and oranges? But I'll just say that Ripley has done some great storytelling and analyzing of the facts and ideas, and come up with something that is hopeful and informative. I'm interested in how kids get an education that they think of as good. Ripley packs a startling amount of insight in this slim book. This strategy works elegantly in most situations. The practice of tracking is so very harmful to kids, and I know from personal experience that kids rise to or lower themselves to expectations set for them. And what is America doing wrong? We get to see these remarkable American kids boarding their planes in Wyoming and Florida, revealing their hopes and fears to other kids in their borrowed countries.
And your caller eluded to this. In the last few years, there was more dumbing down of the curriculum than in the previous 30 years combined, all done at the behest of administrators and against the will of 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. It reassures me that it's important to maintain high standards, even if I'm the only one doing it, and even if it's really hard sometimes. She said, you know, the students that I went to school with in Finland were well aware of how accomplished their teachers were. That pattern held fast across very different countries and different levels of family income.
This freedom was important, and it wasn't a gift. And that, I think, speaks to a broader kind of confusion about what school is for in the U. And in fact, when Finnish kids are surveyed in high school, one of the things they complain about is the number of tests that they take. On that note, why doesn't this author realize that? It was extremely controversial at the time. And there are different ways in which the tests affect their lives and their jobs and their kids. America has long compared its students to top-performing kids of other nations. Dark winters, with little daylight, made her depressive and added to her homesickness in general.
And that's where he learned -- went through elementary school. What is Poland doing right? Sometimes I hear questions, does Germany have universities? I spent months talking to kids, parents, and teachers, as well as people who have been creatively researching education in new ways. There are different types of intelligence; the ability to analyze and solve problems is just one of them. I'd give it a chance, if The book seems more helpful for parents or government types, but it does have a few points that teachers might find helpful. For whatever reason, she was very curious about the world and wanted to spend some time outside of her town where she never really felt like she fit in. The consequences were clear and reliable.
And this is not necessarily a good thing. Students in other countries learn what it's like to not perform well at an early age. And they are not even -- they don't even have the advantage of being able to compare it to Shanghai International school. I wanted to read it more or less as an adjunct to The Importance of Being Little to give a fuller picture of education from preschool to college, highlighting some of the places that do it exceptionally well. To have high expectations these days feels like you are being a jerk.
I'm left to draw the conclusion that American schools are failing because teachers 1 only come to the profession because we really want to I found this book insightful at times, but mostly, it just frustrated the hell out of me. To me, the attempt to improve anything about the mediocre school system in America belongs to the minority of heroic individuals who are willing to bullhorn a warning into deaf ears. I listened to the audiobook well narrated by Kate Reading, and this is the second book by the author to receive a 5 star rating from me. But in the case of Korea, they too shutdown a lot of their lower-performing teacher training colleges, among other changes. It matters in every conceivable form. In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embedded in these countries for one year. 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.
Other things mattered, too, but nothing mattered as much. But not to acknowledge that they do it despite incredible trauma and in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is naive at best. . She brought them up over and over as a hallmark of what's wrong with American priorities. Do students in this class usually behave the way your teacher wants them to? Experts agreed that the examination should happen once in 3 years. A full executive summary of the book is available here: A podcast discussion of the book will be available soon. Jenny, an accidental expert on education, patiently answered questions that Eric could not.
Ripley dismisses poverty as a reason for failure which I am very skeptical of doing. But everywhere I went as a reporter, I saw reminders that the world had changed. And that those things matter too because education, as we all know, is the most effective antipoverty policy there is. But what's interesting is, the spending is not as equitable as you would see in a place like Finland or Korea or Poland. And how those school structures differed from what we see here in the U.