The self-proclaimed educational "reform" movement is busy packaging Common Core standards with high-stakes assessment, scripted curriculum, packaged test prep, the de-professionalization of teachers, and the privatization of school support services, Huffington Post reports. A big part of their argument is that U.S. students perform poorly on international exams when compared to children from other countries. In a recent book by Amanda Ripley, The Smartest Kids in the World, she claimed that she found true educational excellence in Finland, South Korea, and Poland...

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