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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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Genre: Education
Author: Amanda Ripley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2014-07-29
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781451654431

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How do other countries create “smarter” kids? What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers? The Smartest Kids in the World “gets well beneath the glossy surfaces of these foreign cultures and manages to make our own culture look newly strange....The question is whether the startling perspective provided by this masterly book can also generate the will to make changes” (The New York Times Book Review). In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. Inspired to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year. Kim, fifteen, raises $10,000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, eighteen, trades his high-achieving Minnesota suburb for a booming city in South Korea; and Tom, seventeen, leaves a historic Pennsylvania village for Poland. Through these young informants, Ripley meets battle-scarred reformers, sleep-deprived zombie students, and a teacher who earns $4 million a year. Their stories, along with groundbreaking research into learning in other cultures, reveal a pattern of startling transformation: none of these countries had many “smart” kids a few decades ago. Things had changed. Teaching had become more rigorous; parents had focused on things that mattered; and children had bought into the promise of education.

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Genre: Education
Author: Amanda Ripley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2013-08-13
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781451654448

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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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Genre: Education
Author: Amanda Ripley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2013
File: 306 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781451654424

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Jimmy Corrigan Has Rightly Been Hailed As The Greatest Comic/Graphic Novel Ever To Be Published. It Won The Guardian First Book Award 2001, The First Graphic Novel To Win A Major British Literary Prize. It Is Now Available For The First Time In Paperback.

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Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: Chris Ware
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2003
File: 380 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780224063975

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Discover how human beings react to danger—and what makes the difference between life and death “Fascinating and useful . . . [shows that] the most important variable in an emergency is your own behavior.”—The New York Times Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? In her quest to answer these questions, award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley traces human responses to some of recent history’s epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917–one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bomb–to the journeys of the 15,000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. To understand the science behind the stories, Ripley turns to leading brain scientists, trauma psychologists, and other disaster experts. She even has her own brain examined by military researchers and experiences, through realistic simulations, what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire. Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds, the elegance of the brain’s fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses. Most unexpectedly, she discovers the brain’s ability to do much, much better–with just a little help.

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Genre: Self-Help
Author: Amanda Ripley
Publisher: Harmony
Release: 2008-06-10
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307449276

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"Chris Grabenstein just might be the smartest writer for kids in the universe." --James Patterson Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe in this brand new, fun-packed read from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor of Max Einstein! "For centuries, humans have consumed information through their eyes and our ears," said Dr. Backbridge. "Here is my prediction. In the not-too-distant future, we are going to ingest information. You won't need to read a book or attend lectures. The chemicals in these pills will do your learning for you." 12 year old Jake's middle school is about to be shut down. Jake and his friends know their school's worth saving-if they could only figure out how! When Jake spies a bowl of jellybeans at the hotel where his mom works, he eats them. But uh-oh-those weren't just jellybeans, one of the scientists at his mom's conference is in the process of developing the first ingestible information pills. And THAT'S what Jake ate. Before long, Jake is the smartest kid in the universe. But the pills haven't been tested yet. And when word gets out about this new genius, people want him. The government. The mega corporations. Not all of them are good people! Can Jake navigate all the ins and outs of his newfound geniusdom (not to mention the ins and outs of middle school!) AND use his smarts to figure out how to save his school? (Hint-it will take someone smart enough to decipher an almost forgotten pirate legend!) It turns out, sometimes even the smartest kid has a lot to learn! "Clever, fast-paced and incredibly funny--Chris Grabenstein has done it again." --Stuart Gibbs, New York Times Bestselling author of Spy School

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release: 2020-12-01
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780525647805

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Andreas Schleicher - initiator of PISA and an international authority on education policy - offers a unique perspective on education reform.

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Author: Schleicher Andreas
Publisher: OECD Publishing
Release: 2018-05-29
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789264300002

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This positive math story for kids is perfect for anyone who has ever struggled with learning by memorization. Readers of all ages will discover that struggles don't always mean you're bad at something, but that maybe you just learn differently from others. If you're looking for books about anxiety in kids or embracing a growth mindset in math, then Last to Finish, A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class will be the perfect addition to your home or school library. Max is convinced he will never succeed at memorizing his multiplication facts. When it's time for a test, one by one, Max's classmates turn in their finished papers before the timer rings. Not Max. As soon as the teacher starts the timer, his heart begins to pound, his hands begin to sweat, and his brain freezes! He is always the last to finish...and sometimes the other kids tease him about it. Is Max the worst math student ever? The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses Series: Free Association Where My Mind Goes During Science Class Stacey Coolidge Fancy-Smancy Cursive Handwriting Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi Last to Finish, A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class Keep Your Eye on the Prize Positive, humorous stories, demonstrate varying forms of learning, creativity, and intelligence. Introduces readers to a specific learning style or learning difference while offering realistic examples of triumph over difficulty. The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series is meant to demonstrate various forms of learning, creativity, and intelligence. Each book introduces a realistic example of triumph over difficulty in a positive, humorous way that readers of all ages will enjoy! "Children and teachers alike will celebrate the message, conveyed poignantly in Last to Finish, that 'mathematics is much more than memorizing math facts and taking timed tests'...Esham richly captures the dilemma when one such youngster encounters difficulties with memorizing math facts but, in fact, is a deep thinker of mathematics just the same. The reader will discover that the solution is both true and simple." —Dr. Susan Baum, The College of New Rochelle Professor Emeritus, Gifted Education Praise for the series: "This is a wonderful book series. Each story shows children that success is about effort and determination, that problems need not derail them, and that adults can understand their worries and struggles. My research demonstrates that these lessons are essential for children." —Dr. Carol S. Dweck

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Barbara Esham
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Release: 2018-05-01
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781728240466

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""Quiz Kids" was a network radio program aired from 1940 to 1953 featuring smart children answering difficult questions submitted by listeners throughout America. "Quiz Kids" thrived during this period spanning a time from home delivery of milk by horse and wagon to the nuclear age. The show went beyond the producers' wildest expectations to be a national phenomenon"--

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Martin A. Gardner
Publisher: McFarland
Release: 2013-08-07
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780786439768

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A New York Times Notable Book "A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).

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Genre: Education
Author: Elizabeth Green
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release: 2014-08-04
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780393244151

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