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Follow-Up: The Smartest Kids in the World

Articles for supplemental reading to Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids in the World

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What it means and how to respond

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

PISA: Try the test

Try a few questions from the infamous PISA test.

OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide, say academics

In this letter to Dr Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment, academics from around the world express deep concern about the impact of Pisa tests and call for a halt to the next round of testing

Why Are Finland's Schools Successful?

The country's achievements in education have other nations, especially the United States, doing their homework.

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

A new report finds South Korean students feel greater stress than those in any other developed nation. The country is weighing the relentless pressure it places on studying and exams.

South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students

South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness.

The one-shot society

The system that has helped South Korea prosper is beginning to break down.

To Solve the Skills Gap in Hiring, Create Expectations in the Classroom

Enforcing a strong work ethic is the best way to prepare students to compete in the workplace.

Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'

Carol Dweck, who parsed the difference between a "fixed" and a "growth" mindset, clarifies her theories of intelligence.

Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It

A popular Cornell professor tries to help language-arts types learn how to "make math" instead of just studying it.

Schools That Work

The evidence is now overwhelming: One type of charter school has repeatedly shown impressive results.