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Latest Amanda Ripley Items
Amanda Ripley has written articles on children and learning for Time magazine and The Atlantic. In "The Smartest Kids in the World And How They Got That Way," she recounts her quest to learn how it came to be that while the "vast majority of countries did not manage to educate all their children to high levels," in a "handful of eclectic nations," most children "were learning critical-thinking skills in math, science and reading." The result is an interesting and informative book, which readers concerned about the state of our schools will find valuable in assessing not only policy proposals, but also the performance of teachers and principals.
At a time when the journalism and education communities are generally celebrating the new book “The Smartest Kids in the World,” one author dares to question the premises that are foundational to such high praise.
Over the past decade, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has become the poster child for everything that's wrong with big government. Since its creation, the agency has had an employment increase of nearly 400 percent, its warehouses are close to capacity with nearly $100 million in screening equipment sitting idle, and it spends more than $17,500 in training costs per new hire yet is unable to consistently conduct criminal and credit background checks on their employees.