This week’s edition of The Economist contains a review and discussion of Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way.” The book readdresses some of the woes in the US education system where the notion of ‘teaching to the test’ has become the norm and ‘critical thinking’ has been forgotten. As usual, Finland and several Asian countries do very well. Poland also gets good marks for the improvements in its education system. European who have been panicking about the supposed army of Polish plumbers ready to invade Britain, France and Germany should be warned. Soon they may be joined by battalions of highly skilled accountants, lawyers and doctors. Continue reading
Tag Archives: The Global Achievement Gap
This week’s edition of The Economist contains a review and discussion of Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way.” The book readdresses the paradox that the USA has the best universities in the world but does badly on international tests in secondary education. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranking places the US 25th out of 56 participating countries for mathematical skills, just ahead of Latvia, and behind the Slovak Republic. Ms. Ripley’s book is largely reiterating many of the ideas by Tony Wagner in his book, “The Global Achievement Gap.” Ignored for several years when it was first written, it has today become a highly influential book. Continue reading
AACSB Annual Meeting (ICAM 2013): Learning, Leading, and Teaching in the 21st Century (Tony Wagner, Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard)
At the AACSB ICAM 2013 Conference, Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow at Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, talked about the learning gaps that are affecting students across the world, and gave some strategies for how to prepare them for the new global knowledge society.