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Author: Stephanie Markman

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Summer Reading: The Smartest Kids in the World

Amanda Ripley’s examination of the achievement gap plaguing the United States is titled The Smartest Kids in the World. But a more apt title would be The Smartest School Systems in the World. The poor performance of American kids relative to their affluent peers in other countries, particularly in math, is not the fault of students, but of the school systems built by adults.   As a former teacher, I know that the decisions made by adults make all the difference for each kid sitting in the classroom. If the principal ...

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