Should We Look Up To South Korea?

At TPM Cafe Book Club this morning, Amanda Ripley asks South Koreans about Americans’ obsession with their high test scores in an excerpt from The Smartest Kids In The World: “When I asked if [Korea’s education minister, Lee Ju-Ho] agreed with President Obama’s glowing rhetoric about the Korean education system, he smiled a tired smile. It’s a question he got asked often, usually by Korean reporters who could not understand what the U.S. president—or anyone—would find to like about Korea’s system.”

TPM Prime members should remember to join us for a chat with Ripley this Friday at noon.