THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLDby Amanda Ripley
Ms Ripley, a journalist, enlisted three American students to provide feedback from their experiences in Finland, Poland and Korea (as exchange students). There were a few highlights that struck me as interesting:
- Most important finding for parents to do in terms of school involvement: “Read. It’s that simple. If parents – both mothers and fathers – don’t like to read novels, say, but prefer to read newspapers and magazines, that’s fine. What is important is showing children – of all ages – that reading is a daily, enjoyable, valuable activity, and that it is made even more pleasurable when people discuss what they have read with others.”
- Schools exist to help kids learn to think, to work hard, and yes, to fail. That is the core consensus that makes all else possible. Winston Churchill said: "Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
Posted by Sheila Souder on 4/25/2016.
- In Australia, researchers found that teenagers' aspirations at age 15 could predict their futures. Kids with high expectations go to college.