Publicity, Propaganda, & Critical Review

A New York Times writer, Amanda Ripley wrote a book titled, “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way” that was placed on the New York Times best seller list.

It was given 4 out of 5 stars by Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Several individuals, viewed by the public as authorities on the subject of education were asked to comment on the text.

“This book gives me hope that we can create education systems of equity and rigor–if we heed the lessons from top performing countries and focus more on preparing teachers than on punishing them.” Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

“If you care about education, you must read this book. By recounting what three intrepid kids learned from the rest of the world, it shows what we can learn about how to fix our schools. . .” Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin.

The Monroe County Library asked Dr. William Cala, Interim Superintendent of Fairport Schools, to read and review the book for their patrons.

His summarized review: While Ripley’s work is presented as research based, it is anecdotal not research, the conclusions that she draws from the stories she reports are questionable, the study is based on PISA scores alone, the small sample students chosen are not representative of students in the United States and the time spent following those students, one year, is not long enough to have gained relevant data.

Dr. Cala states, “She (Ripley) totally ignores decades of research.”

It is important to know and understand who the leaders in education are and what they are saying.

“Hedgehogs” have the funding to promote their propaganda to the nation to make us believe that standardizing our children to retrofit their job market should be the goal of education.

Dr. Cala states, “The reason for schooling, especially public education, is to make good people, to make good citizens and to discover the skills and the talents of the individual. . .”

We must ignore the publicity and propaganda and pay attention to our children.

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