When it comes to school education, there are certain questions and assumptions we often made, when we want to improve and innovate it.
Ripley summarises her findings:
- In the top performing countries in the world school is harder.
- No country is like the US with its obsession of playing sports.
- Kids (in schools in these other countries) believe there’s something in it for them.
- Kids believe that what they are doing in school impacts their futures.
Ripley concludes, “If we want to know how to raise resilient kids, there are lots of ways to find out. One of the ways to do this is to ask kids because kids can tell you things that no one else can.”
In The Smartest Kids in the World, Ripley’s astonishing new insights reveal that top-performing countries have achieved greatness only in the past several decades; that the kids who live there are learning to think for themselves, partly through failing early and often; and that persistence, hard work, and resilience matter more to our children’s life chances than self-esteem or sports.
We also need to consider the success factors in education which are critical to students’ success in education and learning.