Amanda Ripley

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Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist who writes about human behavior and public policy. For Time Magazine and the Atlantic, she has chronicled the stories of American kids and teachers alongside groundbreaking new research into education reform. Her next book, "Where the Smart Kids Are: How other countries taught their kids to think," will be published by Simon & Schuster in early 2013. Over the years, Ripley has written or contributed to more than a dozen Time Magazine cover stories. Her coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita helped TIME win two National Magazine Awards. Her first book, "The Unthinkable: Who survives when disaster strikes--and why," was published in 15 countries and made into a documentary film that aired on PBS in 2012. She is currently an Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation, where she is studying kids, parents and public schools around the world.
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Want to improve education? Ask the kids

Want to improve education? Ask the kids

As a groundbreaking education journalist, Amanda Ripley (PopTech 2012) became obsessed with one of the central mysteries about American education. The United States spends more money on education per student than any other country in the world. American students enjoy some of the smallest class sizes on the globe. And yet

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Speakers announced for PopTech 2012!

Speakers announced for PopTech 2012!

How does a country in financial crisis rebound? How does a faltering company rally in the face of disaster? How does an individual spring back from personal tragedy?In an age marked by volatility of every kind, how do we help people and systems persist, and even thrive, amid disruption? How do we foster greater resilience?The answers could not be more pressing for companies, communities,

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