2 announcements – documentary about SEHS needs 8th graders, and idea for CPSO book club
#1: Chance to be part of a cool documentary about the SEHS process:
Are you or your child considering Whitney Young Magnet High School as your First Choice School and do you plan on attending the Open House on October 20th? A nationally recognized, award winning documentary television producer is looking to talk to parents and kids who are hoping to get into Whitney Young for the 2014/2015 school year (for possible inclusion in a feature length documentary on Whitney Young Magnet High School). Please email WhitneyYoungDocumentaryProject@gmail.com for more information.
#2: CPSO Book Club – let me know if anyone is interested in having this book for a book club. It covers one of our favorite topics – Finland’s education system! It’s gotten good reviews on Amazon (although really, who would read a book like this unless they were really interested in the topic?)
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way Hardcover
How Do Other Countries Create “Smarter” Kids?
In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.
What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers?
In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embedded in these countries for one year. Kim, fifteen, raises $10,000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, eighteen, exchanges a high-achieving Minnesota suburb for a booming city in South Korea; and Tom, seventeen, leaves a historic Pennsylvania village for Poland.
Through these young informants, Ripley meets battle-scarred reformers, sleep-deprived zombie students, and a teacher who earns $4 million a year. Their stories, along with groundbreaking research into learning in other cultures, reveal a pattern of startling transformation: none of these countries had many “smart” kids a few decades ago. Things had changed. Teaching had become more rigorous; parents had focused on things that mattered; and children had bought into the promise of education.
A journalistic tour de force, The Smartest Kids in the World is a book about building resilience in a new world—as told by the young Americans who have the most at stake.
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