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Best and Brightest

Postby 3Boys » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:21 pm

An article to enjoy.....

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and ... c30b6f1709

"To understand what is happening in these classrooms, Ms Ripley follows three American teenagers who spend a year as foreign-exchange students in Finland, Poland and South Korea. Their wide-eyed observations make for compelling reading. In each country, the Americans are startled by how hard their new peers work and how seriously they take their studies. Maths classes tend to be more sophisticated, with lessons that show the often fascinating ways that geometry, trigonometry and calculus work together in the real world. "

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Re: Best and Brightest

Postby Nebbermind » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:40 pm

Oops!
Thought got energy saving lamp kangtao

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Re: Best and Brightest

Postby concern2 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:59 am

Thanks for sharing this article, 3Boys.

"America’s classrooms do not fare well in this book. Against these examples of academic achievement, the country’s expensive mistakes look all the more foolish. For example, unlike the schools in Finland, which channel more resources to the neediest kids, America funds its schools through property taxes, ensuring the most disadvantaged students are warehoused together in the worst schools."

Just wondering:

Do the 'neediest' here refer to students who come from the poorest families or to students who are weakest academically?

So is the word 'disadvantaged' here - are they refering to being disadvantaged as in their family background or their abilities?

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Re: Best and Brightest

Postby kevkevkaf » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:24 pm

sidetrack a little, i believe this is the kind of experience that singaporean kids require nowadays. some of them are really getting complacent. :offtopic:

i don't wish to push my daughter that hard but if we stagnate, the world carries on without you. sad reality for young parents and our kids..

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