At the same time, problems and potential solutions in the US education system are examined. However counties like Finland, have show a drastic improvement shooting to the top of the world. Amanda Ripley is the author of The Smartest Kids in the World --and How They Got That Way, a New York Times bestseller, and The Unthinkable. The new book is titled, "The Smartest Kids in the World." By drawing on experiences, successes, and failures in education systems in the highest-performing countries across the globe, Amanda Ripley lays out a course for what we must do to dramatically improve our nation's schools. Amanda Ripley is the author of The Smartest Kids in the World--and How They Got That Way, a New York Times bestseller, and The Unthinkable. By drawing on experiences, successes, and failures in education systems in the highest-performing countries across the globe, Amanda Ripley lays out a course for what we must do to dramatically improve our nation's schools.” (Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO of StudentsFirst ) In The Smartest Kids in the World, Amanda Ripley doesn't just look at what the schools policies are and Sadly our scores are barely increasing. [The Smartest Kids in the World is] a riveting new book….Ripley’s policy recommendations are sensible and strong….The American school reform debate has been desperately in need of such no-nonsense advice, which firmly puts matters of intellect back at the center of education where they belong. In "The Smartest Kids in the World," Amanda Ripley travels with three American teenagers as they enrol for a year in high schools in three of the world's top performing education systems: Finland, South Korea, and Poland. "The Smartest Kids in the World is a must read for anyone concerned about the state of American public education. Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos. "The Smartest Kids in the World is a must read for anyone concerned about the state of American public education. She writes feature stories for the Atlantic , Politico and other outlets, and she is currently working on a book about human behavior in conflict--to be published by Simon & Schuster. REHM Amanda Ripley, and you're listening to "The Diane Rehm Show." It has on its cover a very clever Rubik cube with, let's see, the Brits, the French, the Canadians, I don't recognize any of the other. She writes feature stories for the Atlantic, Politico and other outlets, and she is currently working on a book about human behavior in conflict--to be published by Simon & Schuster. The Smartest Kids in the World takes a look at why South Korea, Finland and Poland seem to have the brightest school children and best education systems in the world. Based on Amanda Ripley's New York Times Bestseller, THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD is the story of four teenagers studying abroad in countries that dramatically outperform the United States in education.