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

Author: Amanda Ripley
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Following three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, a literary journalist recounts how attitudes, parenting, and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries' education results.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amanda Ripley
ISBN: 9781451654424 1451654421
OCLC Number: 759913731
Description: 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Principal characters --
Fall. The mystery ; The treasure map ; Leaving ; The pressure cooker ; A math problem. --
Winter. An American in Utopia ; Drive ; The metamorphosis. --
Spring. Difference ; The $4 million teacher;- Coming home --
How to spot a world-class education --
AFS student experience survey.
Responsibility: Amanda Ripley.
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"In lively, accessible prose....Ripley's book looks at the data from a new perspective. Those stunned parents and teachers in New York State and elsewhere would do well to read this book first if Read more...

 
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