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Amanda Ripley

School Should Also Be About Learning Through Play

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Creating opportunities for all children to learn, in a country as vast as the United States, is a unique challenge. One salient point all sides seem to agree on is that children learn though play. Exactly what that "play" looks like and where it takes place has been a hotly debated topic this week.

Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap Is More Relevant Than Ever

John Thompson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
John Thompson

We have always had plenty of soul-killing, drill and kill instruction. In the past, however, it was seen as education malpractice. Now, it is imposed in the name of "reform."

WATCH: Author And Journalist Amanda Ripley Discusses "The Smartest Kids In The World: And How They Got That Way"

Posted 02.06.2014 | Impact

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Amanda Ripley, investigative journalist for Time and The Atlantic, discussing her New York Tim...

Education Reform: Not Complicated -- but Seriously Difficult

David M. Steiner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
David M. Steiner

Given the highly favorable reviews and rave blurbs from such diverse figures as Joel Klein and Randi Weingarten, one might expect Amanda Ripley's new book on international educational practices, The Smartest Kids in the World, to offer arresting revelations about how to improve America's education system.

When It Comes to Education Reform, Which Political Party Is the Stupid Party?

Marc Epstein | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Marc Epstein

Listen to any conservative talk show host and they'll regularly remind their audience that the Republicans are the party of ideas and that their books consistently top the best-seller charts. But for some undiagnosed reason they've managed to win only two of the past six presidential elections.

Grappling With the Question: Why Isn't America Number 1?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Some bad news makes you question whether we, as a nation, have the smarts, the wherewithal, the old-fashioned grit to solve our problems. For example: while the rest of the world's kids seem to be getting smarter, our kids don't. But why?

Book Review: The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

Jonah Edelman | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Ripley's characters are fascinating, her writing style is accessible, and her observations are fresh. There's no hint of tired education talking points or polarizing rhetoric. Ripley lets facts and firsthand observations guide her conclusions, not the other way around.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Six (Uncomfortable) Questions about the Swine Flu Outbreak

Ben Sherwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Sherwood

Are there enough antiviral medicines to keep us safe? Do face masks protect against swine flu? Is the world ready for a new pandemic?

"You're Either With Us or You're With the Status Quo": Privatization Supporters Push Obama to Pick Their Kind of Education Secretary

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Wrap your arms around the testing mania of Joel Klein, or you're soft on accountability. Embrace Michelle Rhee's nuclear approach to administering schools, or you're a status quo-hugging wuss.