Book Club: The Smartest Kids In The World

We’re pleased to have Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in The World, join us this week for TPM Cafe Book Club. She has a great essay written for TPM today on why poverty doesn’t explain gaps in test scores: “[I]f we consider only our most affluent kids, the top quartile of American 15 year olds by socio-economic status, we see something startling: our most privileged kids still score below their privileged peers in 26 other nations on a test of critical thinking in math.”

TPM subscribers should join us for a Q&A with Amanda Ripley on Friday at noon.