Reading Reflections

The Smartest Kids in The World-Section 2

People on the Inside

In order to report why American students rank low in international academic testing (PISA) compared to other countries, Ripley had to have people on the inside. She partnered with 3 foreign exchange students to help her dig deeper into this perplexing problem. Each student left their American home for 1 year to experience another culture.

What is to come...

All 3 young exchange students are embarking upon a brand new adventure, in a whole new country and culture. This venture will teach us about these young people, the cultures that they are immersing themselves into, and most importantly, about the academic expectations and work habits of the students native to each area and why each country ranks higher than our own.

About the Reporter/Author...

Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for Time, The Atlantic and other magazines. She is the author, most recently, of The Smartest Kids in the World--and How They Got That Way, a New York Times bestseller. Her first book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes--and Why, was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary.