The Smartest Kids in the World: and how they got that way was written by journalist Amanda Ripley to dive into the current problems with the education system. She covers the fairly new international PISA test and how it quantifies the educational success in countries all around the world. In order to give a face to her story, Ripley found three teenagers who spent a school year in a different country. This gave her an inside look into the education system of other countries and how it can affect the student. This book provides interesting and surprising truths about education in the eyes of Kim, Tom and Eric from Finland, Poland and South Korea.
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This video can be used in the classroom as an introduction to the book. You can show this video to start up a conversation. Discuss how this book could be helpful to future educators, current educators, and the general population. Would you want to read this book? Why? How do you think the U.S compares with other countries? Would you want to become a foreign exchange student? Why or why not? This clip is a perfect way to lead into this book and all the questions it brings with it.